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‘Faking It’s’ Gregg Sulkin to Star in Indie Movie ‘Status Update’ as ‘Gay’ QB (Exclusive)

Gabe Torres will direct the film, which follows a straight journalist who pretends to be gay and becomes a hero

Gregg Sulkin, the rising star of MTV’s “Faking It,” is set to star in the indie movie “Status Update,” TheWrap has learned.

Gabe Torres will direct from a script he co-wrote with Britt Logan, and he’ll also produce alongside John Baldecchi for Digital Riot Media.

Sulkin will play a talented high school quarterback who aspires to be a journalist. With an article in mind, he embarks on a social experiment that sees him change his Facebook status from “single” to “interested in men” so he write about how perceptions of him change from his family, teammates and teachers.

However, he gets more than he bargained for when a fellow student with a crush on him posts a tribute video about his hero — “the gay quarterback” — which subsequently goes viral, thrusting Sulkin’s character into the national media spotlight and making him a hero to gay teens across the country. His relationships are put to the test as he tries to keep the big secret that he’s actually straight.

In addition to “Faking It,” Sulkin’s TV credits include “Pretty Little Liars” and “Wizards of Waverly Place.” He has grown up since then, starring in several indie movies including “White Frog” and “Affluenza.” The up-and-coming actor will soon be seen in Big Scope Films’ upcoming thriller “Don’t Hang Up.” He’s represented by UTA, D2 Management and attorney Gregory Slewett.