Aubrey Plaza Joins Hal Hartley's Long-Gestating Fay Grim Sequel Ned Rifle
Itís nothing new or strange for actors to get stuck with a characterís schtick over the course of their career, as everyone from Jaleel White to R. Lee Ermey can attest. Parks and Recreation star Aubrey Plaza hasnít 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 sheís choosing are breaking away from that mold a little more. She has signed on to play the female lead in Hal Hartleyís 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 Iím looking forward to.
Though Harley didnít plan on making a trilogy when he created 1997ís comedic drama Henry Fool, he created a rich world full of characters whose lives were worth revisiting once more in 2007ís Fay Grim and now in Ned Rifle. And heís 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 Susanís alluring reappearance stops him in his tracks.
Iím not quite sure how Plaza is going to pull of being the former lover for a man 22 years her senior, but I guess thatís why I donít 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 Nickelodeonís 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 sheíll be seen later this year in Justin Reardonís R-rated romantic comedy A Many Splintered Thing, and David Koeppís 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 filmís successful Kickstarter campaign that was run late last year.
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