Michelle Williams Will Star in Another Kelly Reichardt Movie

By  · Published on February 17th, 2015

Oscilloscope Pictures

Among the regular director/actor pairings still going strong these days, Kelly Reichardt and Michelle Williams is one of our favorites. Part of that just has to do with the fact that Williams is one of the greatest living actresses of our time. And then the other part of the equation is that Reichardt’s not so bad behind the camera, herself. When they get together – which if we count a 2009 experimental short appears to be every other project from the filmmaker – they’re double the amazing.

First there was 2008’s girl-and-dog story Wendy and Lucy, which one of us incorrectly named one the worst movies of that year. The collaboration led to Williams earning acting awards from TIFF and the Online Film Critics Society with runner-up notices from the National Society of Film Critics and the Village Voice’s annual poll and an Independent Spirit Award nomination.

Reichardt and the film also won accolades from TIFF, the International Cinephile Society, the National Board of Review, Dallas-Fort Worth critics and the American Film Institute, which named Wendy and Lucy the movie of the year. Cannes, meanwhile, honored the dog, which makes me think they should have continued working with Lucy regularly, too, if she’s still with us.

Then they reunited for the 2010 Western Meek’s Cutoff (which two of us correctly named one of the best of that year). This time, Williams received an award from the Women Film Critics Circle, and the movie won an Independent Spirit Award, the Venice Film Festival SIGNIS Award and more love from the International Cinephile Society.

Now, following a break in the pairing for the 2013 thriller Night Moves (which hasn’t won too many awards – coincidence?), Reichardt and Williams are collaborating again on an untitled new feature with a plot that is also yet to be revealed, according to Variety. All we know is that it’s an “indie drama,” in case you somehow thought maybe they’d be re-teaming for Captain Marvel or something, and that unlike Meek’s Cutoff, Reichardt is scripting this one, too.

Reichardt’s very first movie, meanwhile, has nine days left to reach its restoration crowdfunding goal on Kickstarter.

Christopher Campbell began writing film criticism and covering film festivals for a zine called Read, back when a zine could actually get you Sundance press credentials. He's now a Senior Editor at FSR and the founding editor of our sister site Nonfics. He also regularly contributes to Fandango and Rotten Tomatoes and is the President of the Critics Choice Association's Documentary Branch.