Tony Winner Cumming Joins Cast of Indie Film "Shifting the Canvas"

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Tony Award winner Alan Cumming, recently seen on the New York stage in The Seagull, has been cast in the new indie film "Shifting the Canvas."
Alan Cumming
Alan Cumming

Cumming will play lead antagonist Jack Gresham, described in press notes as a "Machiavellian New York real estate developer seeking to turn the urban hipster community of Williamsburg, Brooklyn into another gentrified neighborhood of condos, PinkBerrys, and IKEAs." Cumming joins a cast that also includes Scott Thompson, John Paul Pitoc and Matthew Montgomery with appearances by Christian Campbell, Gedde Watanabe and Xanadu's Cheyenne Jackson. "Shifting the Canvas" writer/producer Chuck Griffith said in a statement, "Alan's versatility is unrivaled. Alan approaches his characters with a complexity and passion that's aligned with the overall vision of our story."

Production on "Shifting the Canvas" will begin in Manhattan this summer. The production — overseen by Roaring Leo Productions and producers Robert Zimmer Jr. and Duke Greenhill — has been granted a completion guarantee by the Screen Actors Guild in case of an actors' strike.

Alan Cumming received the Tony Award as Best Actor in a Musical for his performance as The Emcee in Cabaret. He has also been seen on Broadway in The Threepenny Opera and Design for Living. London theatre credits include Bent, The Bacchae, Hamlet at the Donmar Warehouse (for which he won the TMA Best Actor Award), Cabaret, La Bete (Olivier Award nomination), Elle, Conquest of the South Pole (Olivier nomination) and The Accidental Death of an Anarchist at The Royal National Theatre, for which he received an Olivier Award for his performance. Cumming's screen credits include "X2: X-Men United," "Eyes Wide Shut," "Goldeneye," "Emma," "Romy and Michele's High School Reunion," the "Spy Kids" trilogy, "Nicholas Nickleby," "Titus" and "Urbania."

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