Molly Shannon is almost exclusively known for her comedic background, including a long stint as a primary cast member on Saturday Night Live, and lead and supporting roles in a lot of big screen comedies. The first trailer for Other People, however, shows Shannon in a completely new light, and it could mean picking up some award attention in the near future.
Other People, which is written and directed by filmmaker Chris Kelly as his first feature, had its premiere earlier this year at the Sundance Film Festival. Now that it's prepping for release in the fall, Vertical Entertainment has received the movie's first trailer. And it looks fantastic.
A semi-autobiographical film, Other People stars Jesse Plemons (of Breaking Bad and Fargo fame) as David, a gay comedy writer who makes the decision to move back home so that he can take care of his mother - who has been diagnosed with cancer. Playing the mom role, Molly Shannon has received accolades for her performance, but as you can see in the trailer, the cast is incredible on beyond it's two impressive leads. Watching closely, you probably spotted Bradley Whitford, June Squibb, Kerri Kenney, Retta, and Zach Woods - all of whom also happen to be talented comedians. Given the subject matter, we expect this movie to go into some pretty dark places, but given the footage and the ensemble, the audience will also be laughing quite a lot as well.
Molly Shannon has been working a lot recently, with notable roles in the fantastic Wet Hot American Summer Netflix series, Hotel Transylvania 2, and the upcoming Sarah Jessica Parker series Divorce. She's also in writer/director Nathan Adloff's indie comedy drama Miles, which is currently on the festival circuit.
It's a bit of a cliche that Hollywood loves to give Oscars to actors portraying the sick and handicap - but it's a cliche because it's so common, and it's why Molly Shannon might get Other People some Academy Award attention. If you're now looking forward to seeing the film as much as we are, the good news is that it will be out in theaters on September 9th. For those that don't want to wait that long, and live in Southern California, however, you may have the opportunity to see it sooner, as it will be screening as the closing night film at the LGBT Film Festival OUTFEST in Los Angeles on July 9th.
In the meantime, what did you think of the trailer for Other People? Is this something you're planning to go see? What do you make of Molly Shannon's Oscar chances? Hit the comments section below with your thoughts, feelings and opinions!