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“Stranger Things” Actor Finn Wolfhard to Co-Direct and Star in Horror Comedy Film ‘Hell of a Summer’

Stranger Things performer Finn Wolfhard and Ghostbusters: Afterlife actor Billy Bryk are set to co-direct and star in the upcoming horror comedy Hell of a Summer for 30West. The news comes after the duo co-wrote the script for the indie film, which will also feature Fear Street trilogy actor, Fred Hechinger, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

“I am so excited to be co-directing my first feature film. I get the chance to work with an incredible cast and crew, and to work with a company like 30West is a real dream,” Wolfhard said in a statement.

Hechinger, Jason Bateman, Michael Costigan and Jay Van Hoy have signed on to produce Hell of a Summer, whose production is scheduled to begin this month in Wolfhard and Bryk’s native Canada. No plot details for the movie have been released yet.

Aggregate Films and Parts and Labor Production are also producing the comedy. 30West is financing and executive producing Hell of a Summer, and is also handling worldwide rights sales with CAA Media Finance.

Wolfhard made his directorial debut in 2020 on the short film Night Shifts. After then going on to helm the music video for the song Sonora, the entertainer will be making his feature film directorial debut on Hell of a Summer.

Besides playing Mike Wheeler on Stranger Things, which recently released its fourth season, the entertainer is also known for portraying Richie Tozier in the acclaimed 2010s It feature film series.

After starring in Night Shifts, Bryk first reunited with Wolfhard when they appeared in Ghostbusters: Afterlife together. Bryk also starred in the comedy-drama When You Finish Saving the World, which was penned and helmed by Jesse Eisenberg.

Hechinger will next be seen in Scott Cooper’s The Pale Blue Eye for Netflix. He’s also set to star in Butcher’s Crossing with Nicolas Cage and alongside Oscar winners Russell Crowe and Ariana DeBose in J.C. Chandor’s Kraven the Hunter.

A release date for Hell of a Summer has not yet been announced, as the crew is still in the pre-production phase of the project.

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Karen Benardello
Karen Benardello
As a life-long fan of films and television shows, and an endless passion for writing, Karen Benardello decided to combine the two for a career. She graduated from New York's LIU Post with a B.F.A in Journalism, Print and Electronic in 2008. Karen has since been working in the press in New York City, including interviewing film and television casts and crews, writing movie and television news articles and reviewing films and televisions series. Some of her highlights include attending such local events as the Tribeca Film Festival, the New York Film Festival and New York Comic-Con, as well as traveling across North America to attend such festivals as the Sundance Film Festival, SXSW and the Toronto International Film Festival. She has been a member of the Women Film Critics Circle since 2012, and the New York Film Critics Online since 2019.


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