We’ve seen her on TV shows like The Office and Parks and Recreation, she shows up in a lot of Internet videos at places like Funny or Die, and she even gets a handful of smallish film roles whenever she has time off from all that other stuff. But now Rashida Jones is set to get her own starring vehicle, and she also co-wrote the script.
The film is called Celeste and Jesse Forever, it’s set to be directed by Lee Tolan Krieger, and it will star Jones and Andy Samberg in the male and female leads. Celeste and Jesse will tell the tale of a married couple who is trying to figure out how to get a divorce, but still remain friends afterward. I’ve had a crush on Rashida Jones that’s been growing exponentially over the last six months or so, and after this quote from the writer/actress making fun of casual sex comedies; my crush might have hit critical mass. Jones says, “Our movie is about two people who love each other a ton but they don’t know what to do with that love, and how do you let that person go. It’s very different from: ‘I like having sex with this person because I’m so modern but then, ooh, maybe I like them.’ I’m less interested in that story.” That sounds interesting to me, and God bless her for taking the piss out of the lame state of the modern romantic comedy.
When talking about what made her sit down with pen and paper to write her own screenplay, Jones said, “It’s hard to find female leads that are flawed and interesting and dynamic … I want to do that and not just be someone’s girlfriend or wife. I want to be the one to go on the journey.” Having just recently sat through Red Riding Hood, I don’t think I could agree with this point more. While there was a pretty large helping of good independent roles that spawned a ton of great performances from female actors last year, the movies that the studios are putting out are still lagging woefully behind in this regard; especially when it comes to romantic comedies. If the people who are supposed to be in front of the camera taking over the writing duties is what it takes to rehabilitate the current state of the rom-com, then I am all for them doing so. Hopefully this is the first of many projects to come for Rashida Jones. But, you know, only when Parks and Recreation is on hiatus. I’ve gotta get my fix.
Source: 24 Frames