Apparently we weren’t lied to. It looks like Whit Stillman’s new film, Damsels In Distress, is actually going to see the light of day.
After it was announced as the director’s next film last week, THR now not only confirms that Greta Gerwig will star (which seems redundant after the actress herself confirmed it when it was announced), but that she will be joined by actor Adam Brody, and will be backed Castle Rock.
Here’s the film’s synopsis:
The movie revolves around a group of style-obsessed college girls who take in a new student (Gerwig) and teach her their misguided ways of helping people at their grungy university, sort of ‘Mean Girls‘ filtered through the lens of the filmmaker behind such urbane indie dramas as ‘Barcelona,’ ‘Metropolitan’ and ‘Disco.’ The crux of the story is focused on the relationship between Gerwig’s character and a suitor (Brody), whom the girls are taken with but have doubts over his intentions.
Now, while I know some people have deemed Stillman as a pretentious writer/director (and I definitely can see that argument), he’s one of my favorite filmmakers, even in the face of a rather limited backlog of films. Metropolitan and Last Days of Disco are genuinely intriguing films narratively, and while he’s not the most adept filmmaker visually, he is far and away one of the more interesting writers, with a singular voice that I can’t wait to see come to fruition in a new film.