By Mandi Bierly
Updated June 29, 2011 at 05:12 PM EDT
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Juno vet Allison Janney has been cast as Chris Colfer’s mother in Struck by Lightning, the teen comedy written by Colfer that will mark the Glee star’s feature acting debut. Last April, Colfer told EW, “It’s about all the kids in high school who are overachieving in their own right and underappreciated for it just like I was. I think it’s very sarcastic and very real. I hope it goes to show that there still lots and lots of smart kids out in the world. It’s about smart kids and not about stupid kids who wanna get laid and that’s their biggest goal in life. We’ve been having tons and tons of meetings with actors and people who wanna be part of it. It’s so crazy because I’ve had meetings with actors [who] I literally wrote the role for, that want to be in it and want to be part of it. It’s a trip!”

Colfer wrote Janney’s role with her in mind. She plays Sheryl Phillips, who is searching for a way to reconnect with her son as he prepares to head off to college.

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