Chris Colfer has delivered such a convincing portrayal of Kurt Hummel over the past three seasons of Glee, it’s hard to imagine him as anyone but the talented social outcast. So it’s admittedly striking seeing him as another character in Struck By Lightning, a film Colfer himself wrote for the big screen. This time around, he plays a different kind of social outcast — instead of singing, Carson’s creative passion is writing. But in order to get into his dream school, Northwestern University, he must blackmail his popular classmates into helping make his literary magazine a success.

Colfer has stacked up an impressive cast for his film: Allison Janney, Christina Hendricks, Dermot Mulroney, Sarah Hyland, and Rebel Wilson are among his co-stars. Watch the trailer after the jump, and be surprised with how much he manages to separate himself from Kurt.

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