'Sarah Connor' star Thomas Dekker gets Loud for HBO

thomas-dekker-getty-320.jpg"Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles" star Thomas Dekker has joined Tim Robbins, Diane Lane and James Gandolfini in the cast of HBO's movie "Cinema Verite."

The film will tell the story of PBS' 1970s documentary series "An American Family," which chronicled the Loud family of Santa Barbara, Calif., as it went through the breakup of a marriage and other issues.

Robbins and Lane are playing parents Bill and Pat Loud, and Dekker will play their son Lance, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Lance Loud came out as gay at the end of the series, shocking audiences at the time. Gandolfini is playing the show's producer, Craig Gilbert.

Dekker's casting as Lance Loud is somewhat interesting considering his exit from "Heroes" in 2007. On the NBC show he played Claire's (Hayden Panettiere) friend Zach, who was widely assumed to be gay until the network said otherwise. When Dekker left the show for "Sarah Connor," then-"Heroes" writer and producer Bryan Fuller said in an interview that Dekker's manager threatened to yank him from the show if Zach was shown as gay; Dekker denied that, noting that he had played several gay characters prior to "Heroes."

Dekker most recently starred in "A Nightmare on Elm Street." "Cinema Verite" begins shooting later this summer.

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