Chris Colfer of 'Glee' drops spoilers about his newest screenplay
One would think Chris Colfer would be busy enough with "Glee," but the actor is premiering his feature film screenplay debut, already working on a second screenplay and releasing a novel this year.
Colfer's feature film-writing debut "Struck by Lightning" is set to premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival in April and follows a neurotic high school student (Colfer) who blackmails his fellow classmates into contributing to his literary magazine.
"Struck by Lightning" also stars Christina Hendricks, Dermot Mulroney, Sarah Hyland, Rebel Wilson, Allison Janney, Allie Grant and Angela Kinsey.
"I cannot wait. I'm giddy [but] terrified to see it with an audience," Colfer told The Insider. "Recently I saw it with an audience full of my family and friends. It's going to be quite a different audience in NY - I'm terrified of that. There's a lot of pressure on this for me."
Colfer told The Insider that his next script will be a darker period piece that, unlike "Glee" and "Struck by Lightning," will not take place in high school.
"This next one is definitely a genre change for me. It's not set in the high school world. For the first time, it's something I had to do a lot, a lot, a lot of research for before I started working," Colfer said. "It's a period piece that takes place at an asylum in the early 30s. It's interesting because while I was doing my research I met with a UCLA professor to talk about different disorders and conditions of asylums back in the day."
"I got so many suggestive looks on the 'Glee' set because I would have all my books with me. People kept asking, 'Chris, why are you reading books on asylums and schizophrenia and dissociative identity disorder?' I think everyone thought I finally lost it when I was reading the 'Coping With Mental Illness' book."
Meanwhile, "Glee" is set to return to FOX on April 10 with new episodes, after leaving fans with a major cliff-hanger.
"We have some great episodes coming up," Colfer told the industry site. "There's the Whitney Houston tribute episode, a Bee Gees tribute episode and the episode where Rachel and Kurt finally audition for NYADA. We got to work with Whoopi [Goldberg] who I absolutely love more than life itself. It's really cool because Whoopi is the reason I started performing in the first place. 'Sister Act' came out in 1992 and it was the first movie I was obsessed with. My mom used to tell me that she'd come home from work and I'd be standing in the living room with a towel on my head saying, 'I want to watch Whoopi!' Singing along with the nuns in 'Sister Act' is the first time I've ever performed."
In June, Colfer signed a two-book deal with Little Brown Books for Young Readers. His first book, "The Land of Stories: The Wishing Spell" is an adventure tale about twins Alex and Connor Bailey. The book is aimed at readers 8-12 and is set to hit book shelves in the summer of 2012.
Colfer is also writing a Disney Channel pilot titled "The Little Leftover Witch," based off a children's book by Florence Laughlin.
Watch a trailer for "Struck by Lightning" below.