Happy quarter of a century to the fabulously talented Chris Colfer. Yep, that’s right, Chris has reached the ripe age of 25 and in that time has achieved more than most of us do in a lifetime. Colfer won a Golden Globe for his portrayal of Kurt Hummel in Glee before he turned 21, and is a New York Times Number One best selling author, and with even more exciting times ahead for the actor and writer. In honour of his birthday let’s take a look at what post Glee life has in store for Chris.
Colfer will be crossing the pond to star as the lead in the yet to be named project by British filmmaker Joe Stephenson. Colfer will be playing the British playwright Noel Coward in the film, which will tell the story of the playwright in his early years. Stephenson has been full of praise for Colfer, and in an interview with 4YE last year he explained why he was so keen to cast Colfer as the quintessential Englishman.
This project is something I am particularly looking forward to, and I can’t wait to hear just how good Chris’s English accent is. We don’t know when filming will start on the project however as you can see from the photo Joe Stephenson has shared, costume choices are well underway.
The Land of Stories: Beyond The Kingdom
The fourth installment of the New York Times bestselling series is due to be released on July 7; and this adventure will take the Bailey twins to meet a whole new world of everyone’s favourite literary characters. I can’t wait to see Colfer’s take on classic characters such as Dorothy, Alice and her friends in Wonderland, and of course one of Colfer’s favourites Peter Pan.
These books mean so much to Chris himself and each one is a true labour of love, and I have no shame in rushing out on publication day to buy a children’s book. Oh and I love Colfer’s narration on each of the accompanying audio books because who wouldn’t want to be able to listen to Chris Colfer whenever the urge arose.
The Curvy Tree, and the Adventures from The Land of Stories boxset
You know a book franchise has truly captured the imagination of many when companion stories are released. Think about J.K. Rowling with Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them; and now Colfer has something else in common with Ms Rowling.
Due to be released in October, The Curvy Tree is a picture book which tells the story of a lost little girl who doesn’t fit in, but that thanks to the help of the Curvy Tree she find out different is so bad after all. Well if that isn’t a wonderful message for children to learn from a young age, I don’t what else is. The fact that Colfer is able to write something as in depth and interwoven as a book series, but then write a self contained picture book shows what a strong author he is becoming.
Around the same time we will also be treated to the tongue in cheek companion guides to The Land of Stories. The Land of Stories: The Mother Goose Diaries and Queen Red Riding Hood’s Guide to Royalty. Colfer’s version of Mother Goose is just comedy gold as is his incarnation of Queen Red Riding Hood, and it has to be said that Colfer has a real skill for comedy, and again I hope we get an audio book version.
Talking of Colfer and comedy gold, when he takes to social media there is always a laugh or three to be had.
A perfect example of this would be the photo Chris posted earlier today in honour of this birthday.
And a special shout out to his publicist Alla, who shared one of the most epic photos of Chris I have seen in a while.
So Happy Birthday Chris, and here’s to another amazing year!!