Both Kristen Wiig
and Hailee Steinfeld
have joined Guy Pearce
and Nick Nolte
in the indie dramedy Hateship, Friendship
, which starting to shoot next week in New Orleans.
The new movie from Return (2011) director Liza Johnson
is based on the book of short stories, ‘Hateship, Friendship, Courtship, Loveship, Marriage,’ by Alice Munro.
Penned for the big screen by Mark Poirier
(Goats), the Hateship, Friendship project focuses on a nanny (Wiig) hired to care for a rather wild teenage girl (Steinfeld) who using email, ignites a romantic flame between the nanny and her own estranged father (Pearce), a recovering drug addict living in a different town; Nolte will play the girl’s grandfather who blames Pearce’s character for the death of his own daughter.
Johnson said there are some lighter moments in the story:
It’s a bit more comedic, but I wouldn’t exactly call it a comedy. What I really like about Munro is that it’s in everyday life but it’s so dramatic, it’s always forward moving in these little emotional ways but you’re on the edge of your chair the entire time because you’re always wondering what’s going to happen in her desire. I think it can be a really beautiful piece, it’s definitely a performance vehicle.
Steinfeld has a big year ahead of her with Can a Song Save Your Life, Romeo and Juliet, and Ender’s Game all set for release in 2013, while Wiig, who recently wrapped on The Secret Life of Walter Mitty opposite Ben Stiller, will next lend her voice to sequels Despicable Me 2 and How to Train Your Dragon 2.