Eisenberg and Fuchs Will Flicker at Sundance

PlayBlog   Eisenberg and Fuchs Will Flicker at Sundance
"Holy Rollers," which premieres Jan. 25 at the Sundance Film Festival, is tossing into the cinematic spotlight a pair of young Atlantic Theater Company alums — Jesse Eisenberg, 26, of Scarcity, and Jason Fuchs, 23, of Sea of Tranquility.

"We play Brooklyn Orthodox Jews who get involved in an ecstasy-trafficking ring," explained Fuchs. "We're in the dramatic competition [for the fest's Grand Jury Prize]. I've done films before but none, I think, this good — certainly not of Sundance quality. The director is Kevin Asch, a first-time director, and the story is true."

Eisenberg has screen credits stretching from "Adventureland" to "Zombieland" and including "The Squid and the Whale." Fuchs only recently took up movies, jump-started in that direction by rave work Off-Broadway in Speech and Debate, but he has been acting since age seven when he was part of the populace filling the Vivian Beaumont Theatre in support of Sam Waterson's Abe Lincoln in Illinois. "Gerry Gutierrez [the director] called me 'Boy,'" he remembered.

Justin Bartha of Broadway's upcoming Lend Me a Tenor is also in the picture, as are Ari Graynor (Broadway's Brooklyn Boy, The Little Dog Laughed) and Elizabeth Marvel (Atlantic's A Second Hand Memory, Broadway's Top Girls).

— Harry Haun

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