It only took legendary filmmaker Peter Bogdanovich over three decades to write another film about the ins and outs and ups and downs of the theater – and who can blame him after the massive bomb that was At Long Last Love – but Squirrels to the Nuts sounds just zippy enough to really make it. Bogdanovich has written the script for the new film and will also direct (a double duty he hasn’t pulled off since 1990’s Texasville), but it’s the film’s producers, Wes Anderson and Noah Baumbach, who should really set the tone for the film.
Variety reports that the “quirky indie comedy” centers on a “hooker-turned-Broadway-thesp and the recurring intersection between those two facets of her life.” There’s nothing like prostitution to really keep you on your toes. Rising star Brie Larson will play the hooker with a heart of gold tap shoes, which sounds like yet another role that will show off the actress’s knack for excelling at very different parts (it’s not everyone who can turn in solid performances in both Rampart and 21 Jump Street in the same year). Owen Wilson will play a Broadway director who, despite being married to another Broadway star (not yet cast), pays Larson for her non-theatrical work before eventually helping her get away from hooking.
Olivia Wilde is also on board to play a therapist, though it’s unclear just who she will be healing in the film. Jason Schwartzman is rumored to be “courted” for the film as well, but he is not signed on as of now. Yup, that sounds pretty Anderson-y.
The film is currently looking for both financing and distribution, and is aiming to start filming, dancing, and singing this fall.