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Watch the first trailer for Russell Tovey's gay football drama 'The Pass'

2016-09-15
Here's some good news to brighten your day: the first full-length trailer for Russell Tovey's gay football drama The Pass has just been released. The eagerly-anticipated movie adaptation of John Donnelly’s critically-acclaimed play sees the Looking star reprise the role he first portrayed on stage back in 2014, alongside fellow returnees Nico Mirallegro (Hollyoaks) and theatre actress Lisa McGrillis. Following three very different nights over 10 years in the life of a Premier League footballer, Tovey plays Jason, a rising star at the beginning of his career whose world is thrown into turmoil after he kisses long-time friend and team-mate Ade (Arinze Kene) as they share a hotel room the night before his first big international match. Producer Duncan Kenworthy, whose previous credits include Four Weddings and a Funeral, Notting Hill and LoveActually, said of the film’s topical subject matter: “As a season ticket holder of a major Premier League Club, 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, 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.” The Pass is set for UK release in December, and will be screened at the BFI London Film Festival on 12 October at 9pm and 14 October at 2:45pm. For more information and for tickets visit whatson.bfi.org.uk. More stories: Pulse nightclub survivor dies at party just three months after deadly shooting American Horror Story season 6 theme revealed as show returns to screens *SPOILERS*