Olivia Wilde makes her feature film directorial debut with the coming of age comedy Booksmart which is showing off a new restricted (not cool for kids or watching at work) trailer. Booksmart just had its premiere at the SXSW Film Festival and both Variety and The Hollywood Reporter critics approved of Wilde’s work behind the camera.
The Hollywood Reporter’s John DeFore says Wilde’s film rebuts the “idiotic refrain that ‘women aren’t funny.'” Variety’s Peter Debruge claims “not since Superbad has a high school comedy so perfectly nailed how exhilarating it feels to act out at that age, capturing the thrill of making a series of potentially irreversible mistakes with the person who’s always been there for you, even as it acknowledges the inevitability that said confidante can’t be your wing-woman forever.”
The cast of Booksmart is led by Kaitlyn Dever (Last Man Standing) and Beanie Feldstein (Lady Bird). Jessica Williams (Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald), Lisa Kudrow (The Girl on the Train), Will Forte (The Last Man on Earth), Billie Lourd (American Horror Story), Skyler Gisondo (Santa Clarita Diet), and Jason Sudeikis (Permission) are also featured in Wilde’s directorial debut.
Megan Ellison, Jessica Elbaum, Chelsea Barnard, David Distenfeld, and Katie Silberman produced. Will Ferrell, Adam McKay, Jillian Longnecker, Scott Robertson, and Alex G. Scott served as executive producers.
Wilde’s behind the scenes team includes director of photography Jason McCormick, editor Jamie Gross, production designer Katie Byron, casting director Allison Jones, and costume designer April Napier.
Annapurna Pictures is set to open Booksmart in theaters on May 24, 2019.
“Told from a wildly original, fresh and modern perspective, Booksmart is an unfiltered comedy about high school best friends and the bonds we create that last a lifetime. Capturing the spirit of our times, the film is a coming of age story for a new generation.”