Modern Family Star Joins Tim Realbuto In New Film
Four-time SAG Award winner Nolan Gould, most known for starring as Luke Dunphy for the past nine seasons on ABC's Emmy Award winning hit "MODERN FAMILY" will co-star opposite New York stage actor Tim Realbuto in the upcoming motion picture YES, based on Realbuto's critically acclaimed Off-Broadway play. Gould will play Jeremiah Rosenhaft, a young acting student being mentored by controversial ex-child star Patrick Nolan, played by Realbuto (who also played the role Off-Broadway).
Also joining the film's cast is Natalie Roy, most popular for playing Jenny on Showtime's "THE AFFAIR", as quirky drama teacher Susan Weiss. Mavis Simpson-Ernst (Comedy Central's "BROAD CITY") has been cast as Aggie, Patrick's niece. Realbuto's two-person play has been expanded to include several new characters and locations for the big screen (he also penned the screenplay). The rest of the cast, including the pivotal roles of Patrick's sister Annie and talk show host Mark Bradley, will be announced in the coming weeks.
According to press notes, YES tells the story of alcoholic, pill-popping, washed up child star Patrick Nolan (Realbuto), who is begrudgingly dragged from his nearly uninhabitable apartment by his sister Annie to see his niece Aggie (Simpson-Ernst) in her high school production of 'Romeo and Juliet.' Starring as Romeo is 17-year-old Jeremiah (Gould), who immediately catches Patrick's eye. Patrick, who was involved in a scandal involving a minor years earlier (which ruined his career and his life), decides to mentor Jeremiah. What begins as an innocent acting lesson turns into something much more dangerous, resulting in mental torture, sexual advances, and a love affair of two surprisingly common minds. The destruction, or salvation, of the two main characters will last a lifetime.
Rob Margolies (SHE WANTS ME; LANDLINES) will direct and produce the film, which will be released through his company Different Duck Films. Filming will begin in May throughout New York City and Los Angeles. No release date has yet been set. You can find out more information on Mr. Margolies by visiting www.RobMargoliesFilmmaker.com.
Realbuto is most known for co-writing the musical GHOSTLIGHT with Matthew Martin. His numerous New York onstage acting credits include MEAN the musical (written by Grammy Award winning pop icon P!nk); THE WEAK ONES (which he also co-wrote with Matthew Martin - 2016 Thespis Award Nominee for Best New Play); THE WINTER'S TALE PROJECT (FringeNYC); LOVE'S LABOUR'S LOST (Shakespeare in the Parking Lot); and the Off-Broadway premiere of WHITE WIDOW at The Times Square Arts Center. He is also well known for creating and starring in the tour WUNDERKIND about his life growing up in the theatre. WUNDERKIND has played at venues such as Joe's Pub, Feinstein's/54 Below, and The New York Musical Theatre Festival. On screen, Mr. Realbuto is known for his work in the feature film THE EMPEROR'S CLUB, as well as appearances on HBO's "The Sopranos", NBC's "Ed", and as a co-host on Nickelodeon's short-lived "The Big Help." YES will mark his first leading role on film. For more information on Tim, please visit www.TimRealbutoOfficial.com. Realbuto is also well-known for his concert work. To purchase tickets for his final NYC concert before filming begins, visit https://web.ovationtix.com/trs/pe.c/10257238.
Aside from "Modern Family", Mr. Gould is a member of MENSA, who is also known for his work in the films FRIENDS WITH BENEFITS; GHOUL; HYSTERIA; SPACE BUDDIES; THE TO DO LIST; WAITING ROOM; THE McPASSION; SUNNY AND SHARE LOVE YOU; and FIELD OF LOST SHOES. Recently, he notably starred in Logic's music video "1-800-273-8255."
Ms. Roy has a long list of film and television credits, which include Fox's "The Following"; NBC's "Blindspot"; NBC's "Law and Order: SVU"; and the upcoming feature film A BEAUTIFUL DISTRACTION. Aside from appearing as Young Abbi Abrams on Comedy Central's "Broad City", Ms. Simpson-Ernst plays the recurring role of Chris on FX's "The Americans" and has also appeared on Broadway in EVITA and starred as Lucy in the Off-Broadway revival of YOU'RE A GOOD MAN, CHARLIE BROWN. Her film credits include 5 DOCTORS and the upcoming A SCIENTIST'S GUIDE TO LIVING AND DYING.
Although it has not yet been officially decided by the MPAA, YES will most likely be rated 'R' due to strong language, drug and alcohol use, mild sexual situations, and violence.