Kristen Wiig Opens 'Diary of a Teenage Girl' with Alexander Skarsgard
Later this month at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival, we'll see Kristen Wiig alongside fellow "Saturday Night Live" veteran Bill Hader in The Skeleton Twins, and now we have news of another project for the comedienne with Sundance roots. Variety reports Kristen Wiig will star in The Diary of a Teenage Girl, but she's not playing the title role. That honor goes to British actress Bel Powley, playing a brutally honest teenage artist living in San Francisco in the 1970s as she attempts to navigate her way through an affair with her mother’s boyfriend. The coming-of-age drama is based on Phoebe Gloeckner’s graphic novel.
Marielle Heller, who had a small role in MacGruber with Wiig, is directing the film from a screenplay she wrote herself. The Sundance connection comes from the fact that she developed he project at the Sundance Institute Directors and Screenwriters Labs. Director Ryan Coogler did the same thing with last year's Fruitvale Station. There's also another "SNL" connection since MacGruber director Jorma Taccone is executive producing. The film has the potential to be an indie darling with Powley making her American film acting debut after starring in several plays in the United Kingdom and on Broadway. Interested?