Reese Witherspoon Reunites with Alexander Payne for 'Downsizing'
After delivering a performance that should likely land a Best Actress nomination for Wild (#1 on my Top 10 Films of 2014) when the Academy Award nominees are announced next week, Reese Witherspoon is heading in a much different direction, but with a director with which she's very familiar. Deadline reports Witherspoon is joining Matt Damon in Downsizing, the next film from the actress' Election director Alexander Payne. Not much is known about the film other than the story is a social satire which follows a man (Damon) who realizes his life would be much better if he were to shrink himself. Yes, it's an odd one.
The reteaming of Payne and Witherspoon is exciting, if only because Election is the best in a stream of late 90s films for the actress that hep turn her into the big star she is today. Election still holds one of Witherspoon's best performances, and she was only 23 years old. And if this is anything like Election, it should be nice to see Witherspoon in quirky comedy mode again, especially after getting deadly serious in Wild. Right now the plan is for Downsizing to shoot after Matt Damon gets done with the next installment of the Jason Bourne franchise, which was moved back a couple weeks to late July of 2016. Stay tuned.
Very good. Payne is very solid director and Witherspoon is a very talented actress when she gets a team behind her. I will keep my eyes open for this project.
DAVIDPD on Jan 8, 2015
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