If you’ve been waiting to watch Oscar winner Colin Firth in a relationship with The Devil Wears Prada‘s Stanley Tucci as they embark on a cross-country road trip, your opportunity is here.
The pair play a committed gay couple in an upcoming film written and directed by Eastenders star Harry Macqueen.
Supernova follows Sam and Tusker celebrating two decades of love with a road trip across the UK to visit moments of the past as Tusker struggles with an early-onset dementia diagnosis. Firth, known for his critically acclaimed acting as King George VI in The King’s Speech, will star as Sam. Tucci, who has played several gay characters or characters revered by the LGBTQ community, is playing his partner Tusker. They embark on the road to reconvene with familiar faces and places as Tusker’s condition begins to worsen.
Speaking to Variety, Macqueen says his second feature film is a deeply romantic, modern love story.
“It follows two people who are bound together by their love for each other but being pushed apart by the situation they find themselves in,” Macqueen said. “Since Tusker was diagnosed with early-onset dementia two years ago, their time together is the most important thing they have.”
“It is an intimate, naked portrayal of a relationship facing a fissure that threatens to cut it to its very core.”
One commentator said, “We could comment on two heterosexual actors once again taking gay roles, but we’re willing to forgive as long as there’s at least one shirtless kissing scene.
The film was financed by BBC Films and the British Film Institute, with Quiddity Films and The Bureau producing and cinematography by Dick Pope. After six weeks of filming, the movie has been completed but not premiered yet. It’s also already being praised, with The Bureau Sales describing it as “every sales agent’s dream, combining strong producers, gifted actors, an elegant script, and a talented director who celebrates love with a mix of witty humor and truly heartfelt, emotional moments.”
Supernova has finished filming and can be expected to hit the silver screen very shortly.
Supernova has already secured distribution deals in the United Kingdom, Japan, Taiwan, and a majority of Europe including Germany, Austria, and the Netherlands.
This will be Firth and Tucci’s third film together, following Conspiracy and Gambit, both in 2012.
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