Cory Michael Smith, a.k.a. Edward Nygma on Fox’s Gotham, has been cast in a new film set at the height of the AIDS epidemic.
Based on director Yen Tan’s 2016 short of the same name, 1985 sees Adrian (Smith) visiting his estranged family in Texas to tell them that he has AIDS. Michael Chiklis and Virginia Madsen play Smith’s conservative parents, with Stranger Things’ Noah Schnapp co-starring as his pre-teen brother and Jamie Chung (Big Hero 6) playing a former flame.
The original short focused on a man who hires a makeup artist to cover up the Kaposi Sarcoma lesions on his face before he moves in with his mother. It won the special jury prize at last year’s SXSW.
Last year on Gotham, Oswald Cobblepot (out actor Robin Lord Taylor) fell in love with Smith’s character—sparking outrage from viewers who complained it was out of character for the Bat-villain.
Smith has also appeared in Todd Haynes’ Carol and on Broadway in Breakfast at Tiffany’s opposite Game of Thrones’ Emilia Clarke.
1985 is currently in pre-production with a release date aimed for 2018.