Russell Tovey Plays Closeted Soccer Star in First Trailer for ‘The Pass’ (Video)

Lionsgate adaptation of hit John Donnelly play shows athlete with identity crisis

Lionsgate’s critically acclaimed LGBT sports drama “The Pass” debuted its first trailer Thursday, offering a glimpse of actor Russell Tovey in action.

Adapted from the hit British play of the same name, the film is told in three nights over 15 years and is set in increasingly luxurious hotel rooms.

Tovey portrays an ambitious soccer rookie who, when we first meet him, is about to play a career-making game with his teammate and love interest (Arinze Kene).

The star of HBO’s “Looking” and AMC’s “The Night Manager,” Tovey reprises his stage role in director Ben A. Williams’ film, which follows a star player who oppresses his sexuality and identity for success on the pitch.

“The Pass” will screen in the upcoming BFI London Film Festival. Domestic distribution plans have not yet been announced.

Tovey will next be seen in ABC’s soapy action hit “Quantico,” alongside Priyanka Chopra, where he’ll also play an out gay character.

Media reports have described his role as a major manipulator, one who is “just as likely to seduce your husband as he is to pick his pocket when it’s over.”

Tovey is repped in the U.S. by William Morris Endeavor, and in Blighty by Independent Talent Group.