It’s nothing new or strange for actors to get stuck with a character’s schtick over the course of their career, as everyone from Jaleel White to R. Lee Ermey can attest. Parks and Recreation star Aubrey Plaza hasn’t quite yet figured out how to shed the angst-ridden deadpan gloom persona that has made her such a popular actress, but at least the roles she’s choosing are breaking away from that mold a little more. She has signed on to play the female lead in Hal Hartley’s Ned Rifle, the third film in his years-spanning "Henry Fool trilogy." Seeing Plaza and Parker Posey on the big screen together is a treat I’m looking forward to.

Though Harley didn’t plan on making a trilogy when he created 1997’s comedic drama Henry Fool, he created a rich world full of characters whose lives were worth revisiting once more in 2007’s Fay Grim and now in Ned Rifle. And he’s got a good chunk of his original cast coming back to reprise their roles again, as well as some of his other oft-used performers.

As Variety states, Plaza will take on the role of Susan, who is the long-lost romantic interest of Henry Fool (Thomas Jay Ryan), a formerly wealthy writer who turned into a total prick of a garbageman in the first film as his criminal past slowly caught up with him. The titular Ned, played again by 24-year-old Liam Aiken, is the son of Henry and Fay Grim (Posey), and is leaving the witness protection agency after his mother is being transferred to a federal penitentiary for the events in the second film. Ned is determined to hunt Henry down and kill him for ruining all of their lives, but Susan’s alluring reappearance stops him in his tracks.

I’m not quite sure how Plaza is going to pull of being the former lover for a man 22 years her senior, but I guess that’s why I don’t make the movies. Perhaps some make-up will be involved, along with a slew of flashbacks.

The actress had a big 2013, getting one of her first major starring roles in the sexual coming of age comedy The To Do List, along with voice roles in Monsters University and Nickelodeon’s popular animated hit The Legend of Korra. Her latest film, the zombified comedy Life After Beth, premiered to strong reviews at Sundance in January, and she’ll be seen later this year in Justin Reardon’s R-rated romantic comedy A Many Splintered Thing, and David Koepp’s crime drama Mortdecai with Johnny Depp, Ewan McGregor and just about every other actor in Hollywood.

Below you can find Aiken talking about the project through the film’s successful Kickstarter campaign that was run late last year.

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