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Russell Tovey’s The Pass will arrive in cinemas this December

The film opened the BFI Flare Festival earlier this year.

The Pass
Credit: Lionsgate UK

The Pass, starring Russell Tovey (Looking), will arrive in UK cinemas on 9th December 2016 it has been announced.

The film, which is the directorial debut of Ben A. Williams, opened the BFI Flare Festival earlier this year. The Pass will be presented as part of the BFI London Film Festival where it will screen in the debate section.

The Pass also stars Arinze Kene (Our Girl) and is adapted for the screen by John Donnelly from his hit play, first presented at the Royal Court Theatre. It is produced by Duncan Kenworthy (Four Weddings and a Funeral, Notting Hill, Love Actually, The Eagle)

The film tells the story of three very different nights over 10 years in the life of a Premier League Footballer. Jason (Russell Tovey) is at the beginning of his career, and on the night before his first big international match he and long-time friend and team-mate Ade (Arinze Kene) share a hotel room, trying to beat the inevitable pre-match tensions with locker-room banter and teenage high-jinks. Out of nowhere Jason kisses Ade. The emotional repercussions of this pass, and the decisions that follow on and off the pitch, have a major impact on every aspect of the public and private lives of both men across the next decade, in a sporting world where image is everything.

The cast also includes Hollyoaks star Nico Mirallegro and theatre and TV actress Lisa McGrillis. Tovey, McGrillis and Mirallegro all reprise the roles they originally performed on stage.

Watch the trailer for The Pass below:

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