“Hannibal” actor Scott Thompson and “SNL” alum Robin Duke also star
“Glee” alum Mark Salling is moving from McKinley High to Wall Street — and then back in with his parents.
Salling, who played jock/bully Puck on the Fox hit “Glee,” will star in the upcoming TV movie “Rocky Road,” which will premiere on cable network UP next year.
In the movie, which began production outside of Toronto this week, Salling will play Harrison Burke, a trader at a prestigious Wall Street investment bank who's living high on the hog until a round of downsizing renders him unemployed. Jobless and in debt, Burke moves back in with his parents in a quaint New Hampshire town, telling them that he's on vacation. Burke's descent into humility continues when he takes a job at his father's “Rocky Road” ice-cream truck business, competing for his old route with a teenager. Oh, and he discovers that his former girlfriend is now dating his old rival.
Eventually, as he settles in, Burke rediscovers the charm of home and learns how alike fathers and sons can be.
Salling will also write and record an original song for the film.
“Rocky Road” also stars Scott Thompson (“Hannibal,” “Kids in the Hall”) and “Saturday Night Live” alum Robin Duke as Burke's local pastor and neighbor, respectively, who both seem to have it out for him.
“‘Rocky Road’ is a funny, timely story about a man whose charmed life melts away, forcing him to reconnect to his past, his family and his hometown,” said Barbara Fisher, senior vice president, original programming of UP, which specializes in uplifting programming. “Mark Salling's character, Harrison, finds a simpler, sweeter life by returning to the ice cream truck family business and helping his dad through a sticky situation.”
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The Entertainment One-produced film was written by Tippi and Neal Dobrofsky (“Window Wonderland,” “Goodnight for Justice”), with Brian K. Roberts (“Everybody Loves Raymond,” “Spun Out”) directing. Entertainment One's John Moranyniss and Ira Pincus are executive producing.