Brian Dannelly’s Struck By Lightning has been building up steam since its premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival back in the spring. The indie dramedy, about a kid who is (as you might guess from the title) struck by lightning, has a buzzworthy cast and a handful of positive reviews to use as its calling card. As the movie preps for its VOD release in December, a new trailer drops, and we have it for you below (courtesy of Yahoo Movies):

That’s Glee co-star Chris Colfer testing the feature-film waters to play Carson Phillips, an entrepreneurial high-schooler who dreams of becoming a successful writer, just as soon as he’s able to put the stench of his clichéd classmates behind him. But when his plans to launch a literary magazine at his school hit several roadblocks, Carson begins blackmailing his fellow students with the help of a fellow outcast (played by Pitch Perfect standout Rebel Wilson). The actual act of lightning striking might be metaphorical. There’s no sign of physical damage in the trailer. Just emotional damage.

The coming-of-age material at the heart of Lightning is all too familiar, but the supporting cast boosts our expectations. Allison Janney, Christina Hendricks, Dermot Mulroney, Angela Kinsey and Sarah Hyland all look to be elevating the stock roles they’ve been handed. And Colfer is being given the opportunity to prove he can carry a feature (and survive in a post-Glee Hollywood). After playing a few festivals throughout 2012, Lightning will make its VOD premiere in December before reaching theaters in January 2013.

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