Andrew Keenan-Bolger Set to Direct Coming-of-Age Short Film Written by Eric Ulloa
Two beloved Broadway alums are teaming up for a coming-of-age film project. Andrew Keenan-Bolger will direct Mikey’s Army, a short film written by alum Eric Ulloa, with filming set to begin later this month in NYC.
Mikey’s Army tells the story of a 16-year-old who finds himself at a pivotal moment in his life. Not feeling quite ready for such a moment, he unwittingly conjures courage from a trio that oozes glitz and glamor: a drag queen, an international pop star, and an action film heartthrob.
The cast will feature Nicholas Dantes (Station Eleven) as Mikey, Claybourne Elder (Company) as Chad Hartman, Krystina Alabado (Mean Girls) as Autumn Jones, Shuga Cain (RuPaul's Drag Race) as Lady Slay, Jennifer Sanchez (Sunday in the Park With George) as Mom, and Timmy Thompson as Brian.
“In today’s ever-changing world, I think it is more important than ever to tell optimistic and encouraging stories,” said Jamie Forshaw, who produces with Evan Mayer, Kyle Beckley, Mike Mosallam, and Thomas Laub. “Who among us hasn’t wished for a magical force to appear and banish all our troubles? We are proud to be bringing this fabulous and uplifting new film to life in hopes that it will be an inspiration to young people everywhere who are struggling to be their authentic selves.”
Thomas Schumacher, Reyana Productions, and Drama Club Productions will serve as executive producers, and a release date for the film will be announced shortly.
Keenan-Bolger is perhaps best known for his performance (vlogs) as Crutchie in Newsies, but has also appeared in Tuck Everlasting and Mary Poppins, among others. Beyond the stage, the viral sensation has worked behind the camera as the director for a number of projects, including the popular digital series Submissions Only.
Ulloa appeared in On Your Feet! on Broadway and is a 2020 American Theatre Wing Jonathan Larson Grant finalist. He was also a 2020 Kleban Prize Award finalist. In addition to Mikey’s Army, his other works include 26 Pebbles, Passing Through, The Nana Project, and Reindeer Sessions.