Exclusive: Aubrey Plaza
is joining Oscar-winning actor Michael Caine
in Lina Roessler
’s feature directorial debut Best Sellers
The story follows a has-been author, played by Caine, who is on a wild book tour with a young editor, Plaza, trying to save her father’s boutique publishing house. Caine’s miserable and sharp-witted author just wants to live out his days in peace with a bottle of scotch, a cigar, and his orange Tabby cat, but Plaza’s hopeful editor pulls him out of his reclusion.
The project is based on Anthony Grieco
’s original screenplay which won a 2015 Nicholl Fellowship in Screenwriting award, and will be an official Canada-uk co-production, produced by Arielle Elwes
(Braid), Cassian Elwes
, Petr Jákl
and Wayne Marc Godfrey
on the UK side and Jonathan Vanger
(Wishing Tree Productions
: Miss Sloane) and Pierre Even
on the Canadian side. EPs include Martin Barab, Jere Hausfater
, and Mark Damon
. Adam Goldworm
is also an Executive Producer
Foresight Unlimited handled foreign sales, while Elwes will handle the domestic sale. Cameras roll this month.
Roessler is a Canadian actor, writer and director. Her previous short films Little Whispers: The Vow and Winter have won several awards and screened at prestigious festivals around the globe. Her feature script, The Rescuer, recently placed in top selections across a number of Canadian competitions and is one of ten scripts selected to partake in the 2019 Tiff Writers’ Studio.
Plaza recently wrapped production on the feature, Black Bear, a suspenseful meta-drama, which she produced and stars in opposite Christopher Abbott
and Sarah Gadon
. Also upcoming for Plaza is the Netflix
feature Hope from New Zealand duo Jackie van Beek
and Madeleine Sami
. The Parks and Recreation
actress’ other feature film credits include: this past summer’s Child’s Play, Matt Spicer
’s critically acclaimed, Ingrid Goes West (which she produced and received a 2018 Film Independent Spirit Award for Best First Feature), Jeff Baena
’s The Little Hours
(also producer), Hal Hartley
’s Ned Rifle, Colin Trevorrow
’s Safety Not Guaranteed
, Edgar Wright
’s Scott Pilgrim vs. The World
, Judd Apatow
’s Funny People
, among others. On television, Plaza most recently starred in Noah Hawley
on FX. Additionally, she hosted the 2019 Film Independent Spirit Awards.
Plaza is repped by CAA
, Mgmt Entertainment
, and Schreck Rose
Dapello Adams Berlin & Dunham Llp.