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WATCH: Russell Tovey plays a closeted gay footballer in new film ‘The Pass’

Russell Tovey plays a closeted gay footballer in new film ‘The Pass’
Lionsgate – Arinze Kene and Russell Tovey in ‘The Pass’

Ever wonder what it’s like to be a major sports star who’s hiding in the closet?

In an upcoming football drama, The Pass, hunky Russell Tovey plays Jason, a Premier League footballer whose life takes a turn after he shares an unexpected kiss with fellow teammate Ade (Arinze Kene).

The kiss happened the night before Jason’s first big international game, and the emotional complications follow the two men over the next 10 years.

The Pass is adapted from John Donnelly’s critically-acclaimed 2014 play of the same title, and produced by Duncan Kenworthy, whose previous works include Four Weddings and a Funeral, Notting Hill and Love Actually.

‘As a season ticket holder of a major Premier League Club,’ said Kenworthy. ‘I know just how much interest there is in the question of why no currently-playing Premier League player has come out—or has felt able to come out—as gay.’

The Pass is by no means an issue film,’ he added. ‘But John Donnelly’s wonderful screenplay puts very handsome flesh on the bones of this modern anomaly, imagining the pain, passion and complexity of the lives of elite footballers always inches away from fame or failure, and wondering whether honesty is worth the price.’

Watch the first official trailer here:

The film opened the BFI Flare Festival back in March — you can read a review by Variety here.

It will be showcased at next month’s 60th BFI London Film Festival.

The Pass will hit EU theatres December 2016, with a US release set for 2017.


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