Stranger Things and Lord of the Rings star lands next movie role

Stranger Things and Lord of the Rings star Sean Astin will appear in the cycling drama Hard Miles.

This project was first reported on back in June, with fellow Town of Hawkins resident Matthew Modine (that’s Dr Martin Brenner) landing the main role of Greg Townsend, leader of Ridge View Academy.

Alongside Astin, Deadline has now announced the casting additions of Cynthia Kaye McWilliams (The Last Days of Ptolemy Grey), Leslie David Baker (The Office), Jahking Guillory (On My Block), Jackson Kelly (Ultra Violet & Black Scorpion), Damien Diaz (Marvel’s Runaways) and Zachary T Robbins (Bloodline) too.

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Hard Miles covers the true story of Colorado’s aforementioned academy, which for decades provided at-risk youngsters a second chance via competitive sports, academic rigour and targeted treatment.

Astin plays the “benevolent local bike shop mechanic” Speedy, while McWilliams is Haddie; Baker is Skip Bowman, and Guillory, Jelly, Diaz and Robbins are competing cyclists.

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Reversing back to Middle-earth for a minute, did you know that the Samwise Gamgee actor once advocated for his character and Elijah Wood’s Frodo Baggins to play tonsil tennis on screen?

“We loved the gay fan-fiction when it came out…” Astin commented in 2020. “When it came out? Like coming out of the closet? Oh my gosh. Anyhow, our instinct when the movie came out was just to love how the fans embraced [it] and the characters, so whatever people want to conceptualise for them is fine with us.”

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Stranger Things and Lord of the Rings star Sean Astin will appear in the cycling drama Hard Miles. This project was first reported on back in June, with fellow Town of Hawkins resident Matthew Modine (that’s Dr Martin Brenner) landing the main role of Greg Townsend, leader of Ridge View Academy. Alongside Astin, Deadline has…

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