"Rent" Trailer Makes TV Premiere June 7

News   "Rent" Trailer Makes TV Premiere June 7
The June 7 broadcast of TV's "Access Hollywood" will mark the television premiere of the trailer for the eagerly awaited film of Jonathan Larson's Rent.

A spokesperson for "Access Hollywood" confirmed that the trailer will be shown on the syndicated program, which airs in the metropolitan area on WNBC-TV Channel 4 from 7:30-8 PM ET; check local listings.

The trailer features Larson's "Seasons of Love" while various film images are displayed. "Rent," based on the Tony and Pulitzer Prize-winning musical of the same name, is scheduled for a Nov. 11 release by Columbia Pictures.

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The motion picture is filming in New York and San Francisco and boasts many of the stars of the original Broadway production. Those reprising their roles for the film, which features a screenplay by director Columbus and Stephen Chbosky, include Taye Diggs (as Benjamin "Benny" Coffin III), Wilson Jermaine Heredia (as Angel Schunard), Jesse L. Martin (as Thomas B. "Thom" Collins), Idina Menzel (as Maureen Johnson), Adam Pascal (as Roger Davis) and Anthony Rapp (as Mark Cohen). Newcomers include Rosario Dawson as Mimi with Tracie Thoms as Joanne Jefferson. The roles of Mimi and Joanne were created on Broadway by, respectively, Daphne Rubin-Vega and Fredi Walker.

The "Rent" film is being produced for Revolution Studios by Robert DeNiro and Jane Rosenthal and 1492 Pictures' Columbus, Mark Radcliffe and Michael Barnathan. Executive producers include Jeffrey Seller, Kevin McCollum, Allan S. Gordon and Lata Ryan, who produced the Broadway mounting. Julie Larson, the sister of the late Rent composer, is co-producer of the film. Rent updates Puccini's La Boheme to the East Village of the late 1990's, with artists and lovers struggling to connect in a world that is chaotic, shallow and tinged with disease. The late Jonathan Larson wrote Rent's book, music and lyrics. The 1996 Tony and Pulitzer Prize winning musical continues at the Nederlander Theatre in New York City.

To view the "Rent" blog, visit Click Here.

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