NERDIST – Fans of social media and dark comedies can rejoice. The Hollywood Reporter has announced that Parks and Recreation alum Aubrey Plaza and the Marvel Cinematic Universe‘s own Elizabeth Olsen will play opposite each other in Ingrid Goes West, a new ‘net-themed dark comedy shooting in Los Angeles.
Details on the production are still pretty light, but we do know a basic storyline. Plaza will play Ingrid, a young woman on the verge of obsession with a social media starlet played by Olsen. Ingrid’s obsession reaches a whole new level when she packs up her life and moves to Los Angeles to befriend Olsen’s Taylor Sloane, the young woman with a seemingly perfect life. As with all dark comedies, Ingrid’s arrival on the West Coast sparks a series of events that lead the young women down increasingly disturbing and dangerous paths.
Plaza will produce the film, which was written by Matt Spicer and David Branson Smith. Spicer will make the project his feature film directorial debut.
The movie does not yet have a release date, but the timing of a story steeped in social media stardom could not come at a more opportune moment, as stars of YouTube, Twitch, Twitter, and more occupy an increasingly high profile in the public eye. They influence national and international conversations, and drive millions of eyes towards the products and events they love. Could any moment be more primed for a stark and comedic look at what happens when fan obsession goes too far?
Olsen and Plaza have proven track records of excellent comedic timing and solid acting chops so this movie-goer eagerly awaits more details and a release date to look forward to in the coming months.
THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER – Matt Spicer is directing the dark comedy about a young woman who becomes obsessed with a social media star.
Aubrey Plaza and Elizabeth Olsen will star in dark comedy Ingrid Goes West.
Directed by Matt Spicer from a script by Spicer and David Branson Smith, the film follows a young woman named Ingrid (Plaza) who becomes obsessed with a social media star named Taylor Sloane (Olsen) with a seemingly perfect life. When Ingrid decides to drop everything and move west to befriend Taylor, her behavior turns unsettling and increasingly dangerous.
Plaza will produce the pic along with Jared Ian Goldman, Star Thrower Entertainment’s Tim and Trevor White and Adam and Robert Mirels through their newly formed 141 Entertainment banner. Mary Solomon, Rick Rickertsen and Allan Mandelbaum will executive produce.
The film, which is Spicer’s feature directorial debut, is currently shooting in Los Angeles.
Plaza, known for playing April Ludgate on NBC’s Parks and Recreation, was most recently seen in Fox’s comedy Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates. She next will star in Noah Hawley’s FX series Legion, and she recently wrapped production on The Little Hours in which she stars alongside Alison Brie and Dave Franco. Plaza is repped by CAA, MGMT Entertainment and Schreck Rose.
Olsen was most recently seen in Disney and Marvel’s Captain America: Civil War and starred opposite Tom Hiddleston in I Saw the Light. Ingrid Goes West is her second collaboration with Star Thrower Entertainment following Taylor Sheridan’s Wind River, which The Weinstein Company will release. She is repped by Gersh and Brillstein Entertainment Partners.
Spicer recently co-wrote the coming-of-age comedy Flower along with Max Winkler, who will also direct. Also along with Winkler, Spicer will write the recently announced Rocketeer sequel for Disney. He is repped by CAA, Management 360 and Karl Austen.