A star studded cast has been tapped for rising director Matthew Cherry's debut film The Last Fall. The cast includes both up and coming stars as well as silver screen veterans such as: Lance Gross, Nicole Beharie, Vanessa Bell Calloway, Harry Lennix, Keith David, and Darrin Dewitt Henson.
Starring in the lead role, actor Lance Gross earned four NAACP Image Awards for the role of Calvin Payne on Tyler Perry's hit TBS sitcom, House of Payne. He has also worked with Forest Whitaker and America Ferrera in the 2010 film Our Family Wedding. Gross will also be an executive producer of The Last Fall.
The Last Fall is a sports drama that follows a former NFL player through an unexpected and early retirement. Director Matthew Cherry says, "I wanted to show a different side of life in the NFL, especially with the NFL lock-out currently looming over the upcoming season. For every millionaire you have ten other players who are barely making what the average American makes at their regular 9-5. Often players bounce around from team to team trying to hold onto their childhood dream and lose touch with family, friends and meaningful relationships."
The Last Fall tells the story of Kyle Bishop, played by Lance Gross, a 25 year-old budding NFL star who suddenly finds himself out of work, penniless and with no idea what to do next. Like many unemployed, ex-pros, Bishop returns home where he reconnects with his family and tries to rekindle old flames with his high school sweetheart, Faith Davis, played by Nicole Beharie. After a cold reception Kyle eventually finds his way back into Faith' life and heart. Soon Kyle decides to permanently sever his ties with football and start a new life with Faith and her son, Von. But just when he settles into a new job and a loving life with Faith, he receives a lucrative offer from a NFL team. Suddenly the father of Faith's son Rell, reappears and tries to win back Faith. Once again, Kyle is torn and doesn't know which path to follow. But this time is different. This time his decision will affect him and the people he loves. What will he decide?
The Last Fall will be produced independently by Transparent Filmworks and Outer Stratosphere Inc.