Jason Reitman's Juno Gets My Sundance Fave - Olivia Thirlby
In a little bit of independent movie news today, I'll introduce you to a feature you should keep your eye on. It's a film called Juno directed by Jason Reitman, the same guy who directed last year's indie hit Thank You for Smoking. The film is about a 16-year-old girl's unplanned pregnancy and the decisions she has to make, and like Thank You for Smoking, is part comedy, part drama. The best part is they just cast one of my favorite actresses from Sundance - Olivia Thirlby - as the best friend of Ellen Page, who plays the lead as the 16-year-old girl. I loved Thirlby in one of Sundance's best films, Snow Angels, which was just picked up for release.
Also starring is Jennifer Garner and Jason Bateman, and shooting is currently underway up in Vancouver. The title of the film actually comes from the lead girl, played by Page, named Juno MacGuff. The plot on IMDb expands her story further, stating that "an offbeat young woman makes an unusual and bizarre decision regarding her unborn child." I'm hoping this is being filmed and worked on for a Sundance 2008 premiere, although it's already under distribution from Fox Searchlight and doesn't need to shop for one at Sundance. Either way, it should be one to look forward to, especially after seeing what Reitman was capable of with Thank You for Smoking.
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