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‘Glee’ star Chris Colfer to play Noel Coward in upcoming biopic

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Chris Colfer has been involved in a few projects over the last couple years. Besides his time playing Kurt Hummel on “Glee”, Colfer has authored two books, wrote an episode of the Fox series and on Wednesday it was confirmed by Screen Daily that Colfer has signed on to play gay writer Noel Coward in an upcoming biopic.

The film is going under the working title of “Noel” and is scripted by writer Martin Sherman. Colfer is set to lead a cast that includes Sir Ian McKellen, Vanessa Redgrave and Jonathan Pryce who are currently in talks to join the cast.

The biopic will follow the early life of the British playwright and producer who wrote such classics as “Private Lives” and “Blithe Spirit.” Coward became known for his humor, wit and flamboyant nature and Colfer will take on the challenge of capturing his essence as the film explores his journey, his conflict and his success.

As a gay actor, Colfer will also be able to relate to Coward’s plight as a gay man in Hollywood. At a time when homosexuality wasn’t much discussed, Coward never kept his sexuality hidden. In fact, he maintained a relationship with actor Graham Payn for many years until his death in 1973.

Although Chris Colfer hasn’t officially commented on the role, on Wednesday he posted a photo of Noel Coward on his Instagram account, which seemed to confirm his role in the movie. The film is scheduled to begin production later this summer and has signed on British director Joe Stephenson who will direct and produce the film with Julia Valentine whose most notable credit is “The Silent Storm.” Executive producers are Colin Vaines, Jane Wright, Jane Hawley, Enfys Dickinson, Daniel Pickering and Andrew Ornitharis.

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