The former superhero takes a villainous turn as Justin Hartley is being added to the talented cast of the feature film, A Lot of Nothing, which already includes Y’lan Noel, Cleopatra Coleman, Lex Scott Davis, and Shamier Anderson. The film is the directorial debut of the acclaimed actor, Mo McRae from a screenplay he co-wrote with Sarah Kelly Kaplan. McRae also produces A Lot of Nothing with Inny Clemons and Jason Tamasco. An Anonymous Content, Scalable Content, and Traction production, the film is Executive Produced by Kim Hodgert, David Oyelowo, and Zak Kristofek.
In this thriller, things spiral out of control when a married couple living in a Los Angeles suburb is compelled to take dangerous actions after discovering their next-door neighbor, played by Hartley, is the police officer that just murdered an unarmed motorist.
“Throughout the course of my entire life movies have had an undeniable impact on not just my POV of the world but also the way I view myself. I believe this film provides me an opportunity to present a very unique lens for people to look at themselves as individuals and society as a whole,” said McRae in a press release announcing the news. “I am excited for the chance to explore many of the themes that plague our communities and homes in a way that gives us permission to laugh at ourselves, cry, be angry, and hopefully become liberated in the process. Our team of talented and brave collaborators have committed their all to delivering something unapologetically unique, truthful, and bold as F*c#!”
“Justin is delivering an unbelievably powerful performance in our film,” Clemons added in the press release. “I applaud him for his courage and commitment in taking on this role. Justin is embracing the challenge head on from day one and never flinches. I can’t wait for the world to see his riveting performance,”
Hartley is known for his role in NBC’s critically acclaimed Golden Globe and Emmy Award-winning series, This Is Us, and before that as Oliver Queen/Green Arrow on the long-running superhero series, Smallville. The actor also recently announced that he has teamed up with Director and Executive Producer Ken Olin to option the rights to Jeffery Deaver’s 2019 thriller novel The Never Game. Hartley’s production company ChangeUp Productions and Olin’s Afterportsmouth Productions will develop and produce under the companies’ deals with 20th Television.
A Lot of Nothing is currently in production.