Wilson & Wilde Join Baumbach and Anderson Produced Indie Comedy
by Ethan Anderton
May 25, 2012
Over a year and a half ago we heard about a new project from The Last Picture Show director Peter Bogdanovich with filmmakers Wes Anderson and Noah Baumbach producing. The indie comedy was said to merely be about "about an escort, a theatre director and a private detective," but that's all we knew at the time. Now Variety has some solid updates on the project, titled Squirrel to the Nuts, as frequent Anderson collaborator Owen Wilson is attached to star along with Olivia Wilde and 21 Jump Street and Scott Pilgrim vs. the World star Brie Larson. Apparently Jason Schwartzman might also join. Read on!
More specifically the film follows a hooker turned Broadway actress (Larson) and the recurring intersection of those two facets of her life. Meanwhile, Wilson will play a Broadway director who pays the woman of the night for her sexual services, even though he's married to the star of his play. The director ends up giving the hooking actress money to quit escorting and follow her dreams. And then somehow connected to this story is Wilde as a therapist whose own mother is in rehab for alcoholism. Presumably the gaps will be filled in as more casting is announced or later when a trailer is put together.
It's not clear just how soon the project will get off the ground as Wilson will next shoot The Internship with Vince Vaughn for director Shawn Levy after he finishes filming You Are Here, the feature film debut of "Mad Men" creator Matthew Weiner. Meanwhile, Larson and Wilde will reunite for this film after playing sisters in the indie comedy Relanxious which also stars "SNL" cast member Jason Sudeikis. Honestly, the cast has me excited, and with a classic filmmaker like Bogdanovich collaborating with Anderson and Baumbach on a comedy like this, it's likely to be something to behold.