Russell Tovey Joins Jonathan Groff in Gay HBO Series "Looking"
By Adam Hetrick
Russell Tovey, who appeared in the Broadway, London and film version incarnations of The History Boys, will join Tony Award nominee Jonathan Groff in the upcoming HBO series "Looking," according to the Hollywood Reporter.
Michael Lannan created the half-hour series, which stars Groff (Spring Awakening, "Glee," "The Normal Heart"), Frankie J. Alvarez and Murray Bartlett as three young gay men living in San Francisco.
Tovey will play a "video game wunderkid," with Scott Bakula also set to play a prominent wealthy figure in San Francisco's gay community.
Groff spoke about the series in a recent interview with Playbill.com. "Looking," he said, "takes place in modern day [and concerns] a bunch of gay guys … It's sort of a slice-of-life kind of TV show that hopefully will be breaking some ground potentially in that there hasn't been a show like this on TV in a long while, about gay men just living their lives in today's world. I think the goal of the show and the purpose of this show is to illustrate the complexities and realities of the modern-day gay experience, which is a lot of things."
Produced by Andrew Haigh, Sarah Condon and David Marshall Grant, the series will begin shooting this fall in San Francisco towards a 2014 debut on HBO. Haigh directs the series.
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