Actress Olivia Wilde (House, Drinking Buddies, Life Itself) has made her directorial debut with Booksmart – a fresh, fun comedy about two teenage girls who realise there's still more fun to be had, even as good girls.
The film stars Kaitlyn Dever and Beanie Feldstein. Dever has been climbing the ladder with a breadth of supporting roles, most recently as Nic Sheff's brief romantic interest Lauren in Beautiful Boy. This could be her transformative moment though, as her quick wit and charismatic eyes suggest the kind of strength so adored in fellow fresh-faced heroines, Haley Lu Richardson and Zoey Deutch.
Excitement comes from Beanie Feldstein's leading moment as well – the actress was last seen as the loveable best friend Julie in Greta Gerwig's Lady Bird alongside Saoirse Ronan. Feldstein channels the kind of all-in enthusiasm that can be lacking from half-hearted characters written for young women.
Early reactions from South by Southwest, the film festival at which Booksmart premiered, have made our anticipation skyrocket. Critics and audiences are already confirming their loyalty as ardent fans, and some are even dubbing the film a flat-out masterpiece.
Hyperbole remains to be confirmed, but it's invigorating that one of the already most anticipated films of the year continues to follow suit from Gerwig's directorial debut that filled the hearts of so many. If the first trailer is anything to go by, there might just be a seat waiting for Wilde at the 2020 Oscars...
|What||Booksmart: Has Olivia Wilde made the next Lady Bird?|
27 May 19 – 27 May 20, TIMES VARY
|Price||£ determined by cinemas|
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