By Madeline Raynor | Indiewire July 22, 2013 at 11:7AM
Vertical Entertainment has acquired all North American rights to the high school comedy film "G.B.F." (Gay Best Friend). Directed by Darren Stein ("Jawbreaker") with screenplay by George Northy, the film has a cast of young up-and-comers including Sasha Pieterse ("Pretty Little Liars"), Evanna Lynch (The Harry Potter Franchise), Natasha Lyonne ("Orange is the New Black"), Joanna "JoJo" Levesque ("RV," "Aquamarine"), Paul Iacono ("The Hard Times of RJ Berger"), Michael J. Willett ("United States of Tara"), Molly Tarlov ("Awkward"), and Rebecca Gayheart ("Jawbreaker") and features Megan Mullally ("Parks and Recreation," "The Kings of Summer").
"G.B.F" plays with the concept of a G.B.F. (a Gay Best Friend) and how they have become a trendy and invaluable accessory for straight girls to have in their cliques. The film is being touted as a modern twist on the high school movie genre.
The film premiered at the 2013 Tribeca Film Festival and was recently shown at Outfest. "G.B.F." is produced by Richard Bever and Stephen Israel ("Swimming with Sharks") along with Stein and Northy and executive produced by Jennifer Levine, David Skinner and Tom Gorai. "G.B.F." is expected to release in early 2014.