Actress OLIVIA WILDE is set to make her feature film directorial debut with a high school comedy.
The TRON: Legacy star will take charge of Booksmart, a comedy about two top high school students and best friends who set out on a mission to have as much fun as possible on the eve of their graduation, after realising they should have worked less and played more.
Lady Bird actress Beanie Feldstein and Kaitlyn Dever have been cast as the leads of the film, which is based on an original script from Emily Halpern and Sarah Haskins. The movie will be made for Annapurna Pictures and Gloria Sanchez, the female-focused brand of Gary Sanchez Productions, and Will Ferrell will co-produce the project with Adam McKay, reports Variety.com.
Announcing the news on Instagram, Olivia shared a photo of a director’s chair and captioned it: “SOOOO…. On this #femalefilmmakerfriday I’m beyond thrilled to announce that I’m directing a movie called ‘Booksmart’ for @annapurnapics and Gloria Sanchez Productions, starring BRILLIANT humans, @beaniefeldstein and @kaitlyndever.
“Not only is it a great story but it’s f**king hilarious and I can’t wait to tell it to you. Now if you’ll excuse me I’m going to continue freaking out with happiness.”
A release date for Booksmart has yet to be set.
Wilde previously directed music videos for Red Hot Chili Peppers (Dark Necessities) and Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros (No Love Like Yours), and made short films Free Hugs and No Love Like Yours.