2020 starts with interesting news: Matthew Daddario is currently shooting a new movie in New York. Here’s what we know about it.
Aside from a few comments and hints at convention panels and Meet & Greets, Matthew Daddario has been pretty tight-lipped about his upcoming projects. Throughout the past couple of weeks his fans have been getting little glimpses at one one of them: a movie called Push. Here’s a quick rundown of what we know so far.
What is he filming?
Matthew is filming an indie movie called Push (working title, which might be later changed). It is based on a play of the same name, written by Kristen Lazarian. The play opened in Los Angeles in October 2008 and closed about a month later.
What is the movie about?
According to Theatermania, the original play is a mix between dark comedy and drama that “examines the issue of adultery through a comical lens”. The movie seems to be going into the same direction – a recent press release describes it as a “suspenseful, twisty and contemporary look at the challenges of relationships in an age of instant communications”. It follows Brooke (Victoria Justice) and her husband Owen (Matthew Daddario), who seem to be having the perfect marriage – except they are not. Their relationship is actually starting to crack at the seams. Things get more complicated when artist Ansger and grad student Amy enter the scene, making an already conflicted situation even more “tangled and unpredictable”.
IMDb describes Push as a “twisty and sexy ride [in which] New York gallery owner Brooke and her husband Owen each face exceptional temptations to cheat, with most unexpected results. Kristen Lazarian’s website labels it as a “dark comic examination of love, manipulation, fidelity, and deceit. Do all men cheat? And will women, with one little push, fall easily into adultery? Push will twist your perception, force you to question, and will make you laugh at identifiable human frailty. The play is praised for its many surprising twists and ending, with New Play Exchange saying that “Push will twist your perception as you consider who is right and wrong when marital games are put into play.”
It sounds like a pretty cool project, doesn’t it? We’re excited to see it come to life.
Who is Matthew playing?
He is playing Owen Shore, Brooke’s husband. In the original play, Owen is a TV reporter who has made a name for himself and becomes quite popular. In doing so, he has also been working closely with one of his producers. Brooke doesn’t appreciate this at all. But that’s not the only reason for conflict between them: there’s also Ansger, an up-and-coming artist Brooke is representing and a major thorn in Owen’s side.
Time will tell how much of the original plot is going to make it into the movie, but either way, both Owen and Brooke seem like interesting characters who will give Matthew and Victoria the chance to show off a different side of their acting skills. We can’t wait to see them bring these roles to life.
Is it a “No Kiss List” sequel?
No. Push does star both Victoria and Matthew once again, but the movie is not related to their 2015 rom-com.
Who else is part of the project?
Quite a few familiar faces, actually. Matthew and Victoria already worked together on the 2015 rom-com Naomi and Ely’s No Kiss List. A few years down the road they are now joining forces again for Push. They are joined by Katherine McNamara (Amy) who worked with Matthew on Shadowhunters, and Lucien Laviscount (Ansger) who you may know from Scream Queens or the new Riverdale spin-off Katy Keene. Further casting news include Ronny Chieng (Crazy Rich Asians) and Lindsey Broad (The Office, In The Dark). They will be playing Adam and Eleanor, two New York divorce attorneys and and Brooke and Owen’s best friends. The Expanse’s Rosa Gilmore is set to play Kim, a yet unknown character.
Kristen Lazarian co-wrote the screenplay alongside K. S. Bruce and director Brian DeCubellis, who describes the project as a “rollercoaster where mystery, romance, drama and humor converge.”
When will the movie come out?
Filming only started recently, so it won’t come out anytime soon but we are crossing our fingers for a release date sometime next year. We will update you guys on Twitter as soon as there’s any news .
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