The Office alum John Krasinski directed his first feature film, Brief Interviews with Hideous Men, in 2009, and will be stepping behind the camera once more for a drama called The Hollars. Deadline reports that the actor will star in the movie as well, and has enlisted Anna Kendrick, Richard Jenkins, and Margo Martindale to round out the cast.
The film is described as Steel Magnolias meets Garden State, and tells the tale of a NYC artist named John Hollar (Krasinski), who takes his girlfriend (Kendrick) back to his Middle America hometown on the eve of his mother’s (Martindale) brain surgery. There, he comes face to face with the crazy life he left behind, as he deals with his dysfunctional family, high school friends, his father (Jenkins), and his over-eager ex.
The Hollars was written by The Winning Season and Lonesome Jim scribe James C. Strouse, and though it doesn’t seem to be covering any new ground, I’m interested to see what Krasinski does with it. I personally haven’t seen his directorial debut, but know that it wasn’t very well received. Hopefully he’ll find his footing this time around, as he’s definitely a talented individual and I’m excited to see what he does with his career now that The Office has come to an end.
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