'Napoleon Dynamite' Writer Making Directing Debut with 'Austenland'
Though you've probably seen her name on the big screen for writing films like Napoleon Dynamite and Nacho Libre, writer Jerusha Hess is now set to follow in her husband Jared Hess' footsteps (he directed the aforementioned comedies) with her directorial debut in the form of an adaptation of Shannon Hale's novel Austenland. In addition, Heat Vision reports the film will also mark the producing debut of The Twilight Saga author Stephanie Meyer. Making the talent pool behind this film all the more interesting, Keri Russell (Waitress) and Bret Mackenzie ("Flight of the Conchords") are set to star in the film, too.
J.J. Field, who plays Union Jack in Captain America: The First Avenger, Jennifer Coolidge, Jane Seymour, Rupert Vansittart and James Callis round out the cast of the film which follows a single thirty-something woman with a secret obsession with Mr. Darcy (the character from Pride and Prejudice) that is ruining her love life because no real-life man compares to the fictional character. However, when she decides to spend her life savings on a trip to an English resort catering to Jane Austen-crazed women, the woman's fantasy of meeting the perfect Regency-era gentleman becomes more real than she could have imagined. Sounds kind of cheesy, but the involvement of Bret Mackenzie is almost enough to get me interested. It'll alsobe interesting to see if this film has the same eccentric, quirky style as the rest of the films the Hess duo have put together.