The last few years have seen some incredible strides in the realm of female-driven comedy. However, notable examples like Bridesmaids, Spy and Ghostbusters all share one major thing in common: a light-hearted sensibility. We absolutely love those films, but it's now time for something darker. It's incredibly difficult to come up with an example of a proper, female-centric black comedy, but Aubrey Plaza and Elizabeth Olsen's upcoming project could soon become the definitive example.
According to a new report from Comingsoon.net, it looks like Aubrey Plaza and Elizabeth Olsen will soon team up for bizarrely dark buddy comedy of their very own. Titled Ingrid Goes West, the film will follow a young, slightly mentally unstable woman named Ingrid (Plaza) who moves to California in order to be closer to a social media celebrity (Olsen) whom she has developed an obsession due to her seemingly ideal life. As the two women strike up a friendship, Ingrid's behavior slowly becomes more and more erratic -- to the point of becoming dangerous. That's not much to go by, but we can probably assume we will get laughs and total chaos in equal measure.
Ingrid Goes West seems like the quintessential black comedy, and something that neither of these actresses would normally gravitates towards. Elizabeth Olsen has become best known for her role as Scarlet Witch in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, as well as several highly regarded dramatic roles; there's simply not much comedy on her resume. On the other hand, while Aubrey Plaza has cut her teeth as a comedic actress over the years, Ingrid Goes West seems decidedly dark compared to projects like Parks & Recreation or Mike And Dave Need Wedding Dates. Plaza, in particular, has a notable knack for deadpan delivery, so this could potentially turn out to be a phenomenal casting decision in the long run.
If the plot of this movie sounds a little bit familiar, then you're not alone. In many ways, Ingrid Goes West sounds like a modern retelling of the Jim Carrey cult classic The Cable Guy, in which a mentally unstable cable repairman forces his way into a customer's life. There also appears to be the DNA of the wildly underrated CW series Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, which similarly follows a young woman that upends her life and moves to California to follow someone she cares about -- in this case an ex-boyfriend. However, there's ample room for comedic mining here, and Ingrid Goes West seems poised to take this sort of concept to an insanely dark (but equally funny) place.
Although we don't know much else about Ingrid Goes West, the information we have has us incredibly excited. We will bring you more information related to this upcoming dark comedy -- which is currently under production -- as more details become available to us. The film also stars Zoey Deutch, Adam Scott, Kathryn Hahn and Tim Heidecker, and is expected to hit theaters next year.