A Wise County actor will soon get his big-screen premiere.
Hunter McCade, a 19-year-old graduate of Jacksboro High School and former resident of Runaway Bay, just finished shooting his first film, “The Spoilers” – a modern-day twist on the 1985 classic “The Breakfast Club” that made household names out of young actors like Emilio Estevez, Anthony Michael Hall, Judd Nelson, Molly Ringwald and Ally Sheedy.
The film is to be released later this year or early next year.
McCade describes it as an update of “The Breakfast Club” where, instead of detention, the five main characters meet during community service.
“This one is more technologically advanced, social media is in there, and it’s focused on a lot of problems people are facing now,” he said. “It’s just so raw and honest.”
The plot loosely follows the “Breakfast Club” structure, with five teens thrown together as punishment for various infractions. They end up learning something about themselves and each other along the way.
“Every character gets in trouble for different reasons, and then you see them … forced to work together and see how they can react to each other,” McCade said.
McCade’s character, Tristan Avery, is described on the film’s IMDb Web page as a suspected killer. McCade said he was drawn to the character because of Tristan’s personality.
“He’s just very determined, very honest, kind of laid-back, and he’s very warmhearted and sometimes he takes a lot from other people for [being like] that,” he said.
McCade said he was always interested in acting, which led him to move to Los Angeles after high school.
“I remember being 3 or 4, watching ‘The Wizard of Oz’ before I knew how to read, and I always wondered what went into that,” McCade said. “I took my first trip to L.A. when I was 14, and then I just started auditioning and decided I wanted to be a professional actor.”
McCade got his first big break when he was 10, in an elementary school production of “Romeo and Juliet.” From there, he said he kept acting in theater and various other projects, finally moving to L.A. to audition for parts after graduation.
All that effort paid off when he landed the role in “The Spoilers,” which was shot in Idaho on a shoestring budget.
McCade said the movie’s premiere will be shown in the hometowns of all five of the leads – which could mean a screening at the Plaza Cinema 4 in Decatur. The main premiere will be in Boise, where it was shot. The other leads are from Hawaii, Chicago and New York.
After the premieres, McCade said he is planning on moving back to L.A. and shooting another movie with the other cast members of “The Spoilers.” He will continue to hone his acting skills.
“I really just want to be in this industry for a long time,” he said. “Being around people who love the same things I do and being able to do what I’ve wanted to do my whole life is amazing.”
Watch for “The Spoilers” to hit theaters later this year.