Cheyenne Jackson will play a ruthless ambitious news anchor in Amazon Studios’ pilot The Onion Presents: The News, and now the actor will also be a high-spirited dance instructor in the indie feature 6 Dance Lesson In 6 Weeks. Jackson replaces Sean Hayes in the role of Michael Minetti. Gena Rowlands co-stars as Lily Harrison, a retiree who hires Minetti to give her private dance lessons in her St. Petersburg Beach, FL condo. The unlikely pair soon develop a friendship apart from dance. 6 Dance Lessons is based on the LA-debuting play by Richard Alfieri, which has had a Broadway run and has been seen in 20 countries. Arthur Allan Seidelman directs the film version from a screenplay by Alfieri. Andras Somkuti is producing the film, with Marc Platt and Jerry Offsay executive producing. Jackson will next be seen opposite Michael Douglas and Matt Damon in HBO’s Behind The Candelabra. He is repped by ICM Partners and The Schiff Co.

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