Rent alum Anthony Rapp will join Grimm star Claire Coffee in Grind, a new short musical film about living in New York City in the digital age. Directed and written by Zachary Halley, Grind features lyrics by Selda Sahin and music by Derek Gregor. The creative team will produce, in addition to Broadway alum Telly Leung. No filming or release dates have been announced.
In addition to Rapp and Coffee, Grind stars Trey Gerrald (Next Caller), Max Rhyser (Chaser), Drew Brody (M-Lab), Adam Halpin (Dogfight), Jonathan Chang (Violent Tendencies) and Danny Blu (The Factory Blu).
Grind tells the tory of Vincent (Rapp), a gay man in his late 30s living in Hell’s Kitchen. His roommate, Thane is in his early twenties and is a gorgeous underwear model. For every ounce of sex that Thane is, Vincent is every ounce of plain. All seems to be fun and games when Vincent first acts as Thane’s ghostwriter, helping him find dates with a smartphone app, but deep down there is something darker and both are left to question whether they are their online identities.
Rapp’s Broadway credits include Rent, Six Degrees of Separation, Precious Sons, The Little Prince and the Aviator and You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown. His film and TV credits include A Beautiful Mind, Road Trip, Dazed and Confused, Kidnapped and David Searching.
In addition to Grimm, Coffee’s film and TV credits include General Hospital, Wild Things: Diamonds in the Rough, Franklin & Bash and The West Wing.