The Understudy (2008)


The Understudy (2008)

A perennial understudy takes matters into her own hands to achieve fame at any price.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            
IMDb   5.3 /10
Director David Conolly
Director Hannah Davis
Writer David Conolly
Writer Hannah Davis
Release Date2012-11-02
Runtime1h 41mins
GenreComedy, Drama
Content RatingNot Rated (Not Rated)
CompanyMansion Pictures, Safehouse Pictures, The Understudy
Tom Wopat
Tom Wopat
Detective Jones
Gloria Reuben
Gloria Reuben
Nicky Arezu Akmal
Nicky Arezu Akmal
Autograpth Hunter #1
Ashley Adler
Ashley Adler
Emanuele Ancorini
Emanuele Ancorini
Stephen Anoroso
Stephen Anoroso
Producer 1
Producer 2
Mrs. Davidovitz
Louise Brown
Louise Brown
Nurse's Colleague

The Understudy (2008 film)

The Understudy is a 2008 black comedy film directed by David Conolly and Hannah Davis.


Rebecca is an unemployed actress who is living with an equally unsuccessful screenwriter, Sarfras. Rebecca makes a living by caring for a blind and diabetic woman while going from one disastrous relationship to the next.

Rebecca is invited to understudy the famous movie star Simone Harwin (from the Drive By trilogy), in the play Electra. Although Rebecca's unfulfillment is compounded: despite outshining the Action Star with her own talent, Rebecca is treated as second class, either bullied or ignored by the cast and crew including the director Ian, the stage manager Alison. Her salvation lies within the relationship with the seemingly perfect Firefighter Bobby.

Accidents start to disrupt the leading ladies of Electra and Rebecca's star begins to rise, suspicion surrounds her. Can Rebecca hold on to the leading role and her freedom?


  • Marin Ireland as Rebecca
  • Paul Sparks as Bobby
  • Aasif Mandvi as Sarfras
  • Richard Kind as Ian
  • Tom Wopat as Detective Jones
  • Gloria Reuben as Greta
  • Reiko Aylesworth as Kinsky
  • Kerry Bishé as April
  • Jean Boht as Mrs. Davido
  • Adrian Martinez as Guard
  • Kelli Giddish as Simone