It should come as no surprise to anyone who has supported us very early on that Ryan O’Leary is a great friend of the show. A friendship that was founded on us reviewing his short film for “Y: The Last Man,” which led to O’Leary being a valued guest of the podcast on multiple occasions. So it goes without saying that we are going to promote him, as if he needs it, whenever possible. With that in mind, we would like to bring your attention to O’Leary’s latest project, “The Lost Year.” This is his highest profile project to date and we wouldn’t expect anything less from Ryan. Building off the success of “The Backseat,” O’Leary’s latest script has attracted the attention of some names you should be familiar with.
Kevin Pollak and Grace Phipps are in negotiations to join the cast of Ryan O’Leary’s upcoming film “The Lost Year”. The film will be produced by Anthony Pedone’s Film Exchange. Chris Bellant (“Loserville”) and Amy Bruckner (“Phil of the Future”) will round out the main cast.
After a rough breakup, Charlie Monahan dives headfirst into the world of online dating. Guided by his charismatic best friend, Rufus (Bellant), Charlie meets the charmingly complicated Maggie Mae (Phipps). Quickly learning the differences between expectations and reality, Charlie’s forced to confront the challenges of maintaining a relationship in the digital age. In an era where everyone’s connected, Charlie’s never felt more apart.
Pollak is possibly best known for starring alongside Kevin Spacey and Benicio del Toro in The Usual Suspects. He starred alongside Bruce Willis in both The Whole Nine Yards and Hostage. He has starred in many of the biggest films of the last two decades, including A Few Good Men, Casino, Grumpy Old Men, Wayne’s World 2, That Thing You Do!, and The Wedding Planner, among others. On television, he recently starred on CBS’ Angel from Hell with Jane Lynch, and was recurring on Mom (also on CBS). Additional TV credits include Entourage, House of Lies, Shark, and Children’s Hospital.
Phipps most recently appeared on Ryan Murphy’s Scream Queens as Mandy Greenwell. She previously starred on The Vampire Diaries, and Disney’s Teen Beach Movie. She has made appearances on ABC Family’s Baby Daddy, Supernatural, and Hawaii Five-O. Film credits include Fright Night, alongside Anton Yelchin and Colin Farrell, Some Kind of Hate with Spencer Breslin and Sierra McCormick, and Tales of Halloween with Keir Gilchrist and Adam Pascal.
Film Exchange previously produced The Strongest Man, which starred Patrick Fugit and premiered at Sundance. O’Leary’s debut feature, The Backseat, is currently available on iTunes, Amazon, and various other digital platforms.