When Whit Stillman's last film The Last Days of Disco was released, Greta Gerwig was a 14-year-old living in Sacaramento with no acting career whatsoever. I'm not sure what Stillman has been doing in his 12-year absence from the movies, but clearly he's been paying attention to the indie film scene. THR reports that Stillman has cast Gerwig alongside Adam Brody in Damsels in Distress, which sounds kind of like Mean Girls with a Whit Stillman flair.

Gerwig plays a college student taken in by a group of stylish girls and taught their ways, and the film specifically particularly focuses on her relationship with Brody's character, who her obsessive friends seem to doubt for some reason. As it turns out Gerwig spilled the beans on the role back in mid-September in an interview with Women's Wear Daily, of all people; she also revealed a lot more about the film, which sounds sillier and funnier than you might expect:

I play a girl named Violet who runs a suicide-prevention center at a liberal arts college. She prevents suicides through the powers of Thirties song-and-dance numbers. So it’s a very dark comedy.


While it's exciting to see the immensely talented Gerwig taking on interesting projects, I'm really hoping this works out for Brody, who was the crush object of millions during his stint on The O.C. but whose film choices have ranged from bad (Jennifer's Body, Mr. and Mrs. Smith) to awful (Cop Out, In The Land Of Women, The Romantics). It doesn't sound like Damsels in Distress will be any kind of giant blockbuster, but if it can allow me to like Adam Brody again, it'll be worth it.

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