Melissa Rauch has made a name for herself in primetime TV playing the lovable and soft-spoken Bernadette on CBS’ “The Big Bang Theory.” But in her new role as Hope Ann Gregory in “The Bronze,” written by Rauch and her husband,Winston Rauch, fans of the actress will get to see her bring out a raunchier side they might not be expecting. Directed by Bryan Buckley, the film also stars Thomas Middleditch, Sebastian Stan, Gary Cole, Haley Lu Richardson and Cecily Strong.
The official synopsis reads: “Hope Ann Gregory is a foul-mouthed, washed up gymnastics bronze medalist who, after riding the tide of semi-stardom years earlier, finds herself back in her Ohio hometown. Her flash in the pan has simmered, and she now spends her time being the opposite of a model citizen. Despite her initial reluctance, Hope agrees to coach a young gymnast when her local celebrity status is compromised as her opponent’s star rises.”
After premiering at the Sundance Film Festival last year, Rauch and her team made some changes to “The Bronze” that re-shaped the story after its first distributor, Relativity, filed for bankruptcy. Sony Picture Classics stepped in to save the film, and now “The Bronze” will finally hit theaters on March 18.