Natalia Dyer stars alongside Rachel Keller and Danny Ramirez in “Chestnut,” a gay love triangle drama that marks director Jac Cron’s feature debut. Shot on location and named after the epicenter of queer culture in Philadelphia, Chestnut, the film quietly wrapped up production this month. It plans to premiere at the festival in early 2022.
Dyer plays the role of a young graduate who unexpectedly becomes entangled in a relationship with a man and a woman during a scoreless summer after college, with Keller and Ramirez forming the other corners of the love triangle. The film also stars Chella Man (HBO Max “Titans”) and Caleb Eberhardt (HBO “Betty”, “Judas and the Black Messiah”), and features a score
by composer Keegan DeWitt (“Her Smell”, “Hearts Beat Loud”). It was produced by Lizzie Shapiro (“Shiva Baby”, “Mickey and the Bear”) and Lexi Tannenholtz.
Chestnut reunites Shapiro with Utopia, who released “Shiva Baby” earlier this year. In addition to executive production, Utopia manages the film’s worldwide sales.
Dyer is best known for her work as Nancy Wheeler on Netflix’s “Stranger Things”. She has also appeared in “Yes, God, Yes” and “Velvet Buzzsaw”. Keller appeared in “Legion” and in the second season of the FX series “Fargo”. She will star in the upcoming HBO Max series “Tokyo Vice”. Ramirez plays Mario Martinez in “On My Block” and Joaquin Torres in “The Falcon and the Winter Soldier”. He will appear in the upcoming “Top Gun: Maverick”.
Cron’s short “House Sit”, starring Keller, has screened at national and international film festivals including SF Independent, Philadelphia Film Festival and Female Filmmaker Berlin.
Leo Blumberg-Woll, Rhianon Jones of Neon Heart Productions, David Betesh and Robert Schwartzman of Utopia are the executive producers.
Dyer is replaced by WME and One Entertainment. Keller is replaced by UTA, Independent Talent Group and Suskin Management. Ramirez is replaced by CAA, Anonymous Content, Viewpoint and Hansen, Jacobson, Teller, Hoberman, Newman, Warren, Richman, Rush, Kaller & Gellman. The man is replaced by McKeon / Myones Entertainment and lawyer Cary Dobkin at Morris Yorn. Eberhardt is replaced by UTA.
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