Though she's best known these days for popping up on the set of The Amazing Spider-Man 2 as Mary Jane Watson, actress Shailene Woodley is ready to kick off what is set to be a make-or-break year. Cast as the lead of the highly anticipated adaptation and possible franchise starter Divergent which will move into production this Spring, Woodley's next immediate film is The Spectacular Now, which rocked the Sundance Film Festival with rave reviews.
However since its debut and distribution deal, things have been rather quiet while some are waiting to see if the romantic drama can be a breakout indie feature just as its scribes' previous effort (500) Days of Summer. Now, the film takes a nearly identical stance to its spiritual predecessor as it too has been set for a late summer release alongside another buzzed about drama that could contend against the big blockbuster crowds.
A24 has announced today that The Bling Ring will hit theaters in a limited capacity starting June 14th, while The Spectacular Now will also see a limited release later this summer starting August 2nd.
Directed and written by Sofia Coppola, The Bling Ring shows a group of teenagers obsessed with fashion and fame who burglarized the homes of celebrities in Los Angeles. Tracking their targets’ whereabouts online, the teens would break-in and steal designer clothes and possessions. Reflecting on the naiveté of youth, amplified by today’s culture of celebrity and luxury brand obsession, the members of the Bling Ring introduce us to temptations that nearly any teenager would find hard to resist. What starts out as youthful fun spins out of control and reveals a sobering view of our modern culture.
The feature stars Emma Watson, Taissa Farmiga (American Horror Story), Israel Broussard, Katie Chang, Claire Pfister, Georgia Rock, Carlos Miranda and Leslie Mann with the plot based off of true events.
In The Spectacular Now, Sutter Keely (Miles Teller) lives in the now. It’s a good place for him. A high school senior, charming and self-possessed, he’s the life of the party, loves his job at a men’s clothing store, and has no plans for the future. A budding alcoholic, he’s never far from his supersized, whisky-fortified 7UP cup.
But after being dumped by his girlfriend, Sutter gets drunk and wakes up on a lawn with Aimee Finicky (Woodley) hovering over him. Not a member of the cool crowd, she’s different: the “nice girl” who reads science fiction and doesn’t have a boyfriend. She does have dreams, while Sutter lives in a world of impressive self-delusion. And yet they’re drawn to each other.
Adapted from Tim Tharp’s novel and directed by James Ponsoldt the film co-stars Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Kyle Chandler, Brie Larson, Jennifer Jason Leigh and more.
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