Michael Shannon, currently onstage in the Broadway revival of Terrence McNally’s Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune, will star in the new film Swing, according to Variety. Helmed by Howard Deutch, the movie will be a coming-of-age romantic drama set in the world of '90s elite varsity rowing.
Shannon will play a Vietnam vet who takes over as the coach of a dysfunctional rowing team in their last year of college.
Swing features a script by Vojin Gjaja and will reportedly begin filming in September in New Jersey.
Shannon was last seen on Broadway in the 2016 revival of Long Day's Journey Into Night. He is a two-time Oscar nominee for his performances in the films Nocturnal Animals and Revolutionary Road. He was recently seen in the films The Shape of Water, Midnight Special, and Loving, among others.
Directed by Arin Arbus, Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune stars Shannon and Tony, Grammy, and Emmy winner Audra McDonald. The pair play a short-order cook and a waitress whose first date turns turns into something more. The production began May 4 at the Broadhurst Theatre where it will officially open May 30.