Chloe Fineman Lands First Starring Film Role in Summer of 69

Chloe Fineman has booked her next project, toplining a comedy film and teaming up with some SNL alumni in the process.

Deadline reports that the Saturday Night Live cast member has signed on to star in the new Hulu comedy film Summer of 69.

Summer of 69 follows “an awkward high school senior [who] hires an exotic dancer to help seduce her longtime crush before graduation.”

The film marks the feature directorial debut of Emmy-nominated actress/comedian Jillian Bell, whose past starring credits include Brittany Runs a Marathon and I’m Totally Fine. Bell auditioned to be a cast member on SNL but was instead hired as a writer; she wrote for the show’s 35th season (and made occasional sketch appearances) between 2009 and 2010. She co-wrote Summer of 69 with Jules Byrne and Liz Nico.

Fineman joins the project fresh off her dramatic role in Megalopolis, Francis Ford Coppola’s long-awaited sci-fi epic, which is set to hit theaters on September 27, 2024. Fineman told Variety that she was cast after Coppola attended a live performance in which she performed a Melania Trump impression.

“Sometimes people go to weird shows that you don’t expect,” Fineman told the outlet. “Francis was there, and he offered it for my weird Melania thing.”

Fineman also voiced a character in Despicable Me 4, out in theaters today. Also upcoming are roles in the Peacock comedy series Laid and the film My Ex-Friend’s Wedding, directed by Kay Cannon (a longtime writer/producer on 30 Rock).

Fineman joined Saturday Night Live in 2019, for Season 45. She’s poised to start her sixth season this fall.

Beyond Fineman and Bell, two other former SNLers are part of the project.  Rounding out the cast is Alex Moffat, who spent six years at the show (including three alongside Fineman), and veteran legendary SNL writer Paula Pell.

Summer of 69 is slated to go into production later this month in Syracuse, New York, where production company American High owns a studio it converted from an abandoned high school. 

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