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Dan Levy Making Directorial Debut With Friendship Film About Grief

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The remainder of the cast, including Luke Evans, was announced this week.

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Dan Levy is jumping into the director’s chair with a new movie announced this week.

The Schitt’s Creek star and co-creator also wrote the script for his upcoming directorial debut, Good Grief. The movie is about a man who has tried to hide from his grief over the loss of his mother but is forced to confront it when his husband dies as well, prompting him to go on a “weekend of self-discovery” in Paris with two of his closest friends.

Levy will star in the film as well. Among the additional cast announced so far are Luke Evans, Himesh Patel, Ruth Negga, Celia Imrie, Arnaud Valois, David Bradley, and Jamael Westman.

“It’s funny, it’s bittersweet, it’s a project that has helped me work through my own grief,” he said in a statement, calling the film “a cautionary tale about friendship and loss and all the mess that comes with it when the truth is something you’ve evaded for most of your life.”

Though this will be Levy’s directorial debut, he has stayed fairly busy since Schitt’s Creek took the world by storm.

After playing Kristen Stewart’s best friend in queer holiday hit Happiest Season for Hulu, he was cast in The Idol on HBO, tapped for a part in the upcoming season of Sex Education, and set up a feel good reality competition show called The Big Brunch, which will see chefs compete in an attempt to reinvent brunch foods.

Good Grief is the first project for Levy’s production company, Not A Real Production Company, under his deal with Netflix.

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Rachel Kiley

Rachel Kiley is presumably a writer and definitely not a terminator. She can usually be found crying over queerbaiting in the Pitch Perfect franchise or on Twitter, if not both.

Rachel Kiley is presumably a writer and definitely not a terminator. She can usually be found crying over queerbaiting in the Pitch Perfect franchise or on Twitter, if not both.