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. Last week, we got the first glimpse at one of them – Matthew was spotted filming in New York for a movie called Push. There are not that many details about the project just yet, but here’s a quick rundown of what we know so far.
What is he filming?
Matthew is filming a 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 a month later.
Who else is part of the project?
Not much is known about the cast at this point, except that it includes one of Matthew’s former co-stars: Victoria Justice. They worked together for the 2015 romantic comedy Naomi and Ely’s No Kiss List, respectively playing the main character Naomi and her love interest Gabriel. A few years down the road they are now joining forces again for Push, with Brian DeCubellis (Manhattan Night, Sea Bright Rising) directing. Kristen Lazarian, who penned the play the film is based on, co-wrote the screenplay.
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.
What is it about?
The pictures and videos of Victoria and Matthew filming in festively decorated Manhattan had fans hoping for a holiday-themed movie, but that doesn’t seem to be the case.
According to Theatermania, the original play is a mix between dark comedy and drama that “examines the issue of adultery through a comical lens”. New Play Exchange describes the main character Brooke Gatwick as “a woman who’s unrelenting impulse to know the truth about the fragility of her marriage leads her down a dangerous path.”
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.”
IMDb does not provide much information on the movie just yet, but the brief plot description goes into a similar direction. It is described 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.”
The play is praised online 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 an up-and-coming artist Brooke is representing. He won’t stop calling her, making him 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.
When will the movie come out?
Filming seems to have started only recently, so there is no release date yet. We are crossing our fingers for a release this year though, especially considering Matthew mentioned at a Shadowhunters convention last year that he had some new projects coming up in 2020. We will update you guys on Twitter as soon as there’s any news on the release.
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