'Glee' star Chris Colfer has landed his first big movie role.

The 20-year-old actor - who plays gay character Kurt Hummel in The Cult musical TV show - has signed on to star in coming-of-age comedy 'Struck by Lightning', set up by 'Youth in Revolt' filmmaker David Permut.

No director or other cast are yet attached to the project, which plans to shoot in summer 2011 when Ryan Murphy's 'Glee' goes on its next break.

It is not yet known what role Emmy-award nominated Chris will play in the movie, which is believed to have a "John Hughes-spirit", Variety reports.

Chris has only had other roles in two projects, including the voice of Drama Dog number 2 in 'Marmaduke' and a part in short film 'Russell Fish: The Sausage and Eggs Incident'.

He has previously admitted he is much like his flamboyant character in 'Glee'.

He said: "I didn't have too many friends and was made fun of and teased every day. I was a legit, 100 per cent, all original Glee club kid.

"We had a choir at school and I was involved in that. And drama - I loved performing arts. I was a living, breathing Gleek."