It’s been some time since Meg Ryan has lit up the big screen in a comedy. After abandoning her 80s persona initiated by her now-synonymous role in When Harry Met Sally, the actress dove into darker projects around the early 2000s. To be honest, who wouldn’t want to star in a gritty Jane Campion drama in just your birthday suit? Still, that was some ten years back, and following a dabble in forgettable fare such as The Women and Serious Moonlight, Ryan could be in line to rekindle her cinematic career with Fan Girl.
Under the direction of Paul Jarrett, the film will apparently follow a by-the-numbers teen movie formula. The story is “about a 15-year-old post-Millennial teen who lives for making movies and idolizing her favorite band. Given only a few days to complete a final film project, she comes up with an idea that could bring her two passions together.”
Who Ryan is set to play has yet to be disclosed, but we’d guess that it’s probably gonna be the girl’s mother. Speaking of younger cast members, we’ve also learned that Moonrise Kingdom‘s Kara Hayward and Mad Men‘s Kiernan Shipka have also signed on to appear. All three will saddle up and join the already-confirmed likes of Scott Adsit (30 Rock), Joshua Boone,and Bill Sage (We Are What We Are).
Overall, the project sounds like standard teen fodder, especially as the ‘favourite band’ in question are All Time Low, who’ll also appear the movie as themselves. This type of pic feels stale to me, but with writer Gina O’Brien basing her script on personal experiences, I’d be happily proven wrong.
We’ll keep you posted with more news on Fan Girl when it lands.