EXCLUSIVE: Karen Gillan (Thor: Like and Verbalize) will huge title opposite Margaret Sophie Stein (Bullets Over Broadway), Jermaine Fowler (Sorry to Bother You), Kevin Nealon (SNL) and Talia Balsam (Divorce) within the Lisa Steen-directed comedy Gradual Bloomers from We’re Doin’ Good and Park Photos, which has wrapped production in Brooklyn, NY.
The film written by Anna Greenfield is loosely in accordance to her trip residing in Brooklyn in her 20s. It products and services on Louise (Gillan), an aimless millennial who drunkenly breaks her hip, touchdown her in physical therapy. There, she makes an elderly Polish BFF (Stein) who speaks no English. And it’s this perhaps now not friendship that offers her the braveness to face what she’s been running from all alongside: Her mom’s early-onset Alzheimer’s. Fowler plays Louise’s Craigslist roommate/landlord Brick, with Nealon and Balsam as her fogeys.
Gradual Bloomers marks the feature directorial debut of Greenfield’s frequent collaborator, Steen. The pair beforehand labored collectively on the short movies Sundowners and Stepdaddy, which premiered at the 2019 Sundance Movie Festival and the 2019 SXSW Movie Festival, respectively, as smartly because the shorts Games for Girls and Fresh Grownup. Producers Alexandra Barreto and Taylor Feltner developed their modern feature comedy by the utilization of the Sundance Institute Feature Movie Ingenious Producing Fellowship in 2020, additionally seeing the project included within the 2021 Sundance Catalyst Spring Slate, the 2020 Movie Self sufficient Directors Lab, the 2020 IFP Market and the 2019 version of Movie Self sufficient’s Immediate Track.
Producing the film alongside We’re Doin’ Good’s Barreto and Feltner is Park Photos’ Sam Bisbee. Executive producers on the project embody Park Photos’ Jackie Kelman Bisbee, Lance Acord and Cody Ryder, Wendy Neu, Franklin Carlson, Fierce Optimism Motion pictures’ Robina Riccitiello, Excellent Gravy Motion pictures’ Emma Pompetti and Tegan Acton, World of HA Productions’ Hallee Adelman and Ivy Herman, Burn Later Productions’ Sam Slater, David Bernon and Paul Bernon, mm2 Asia’s Marc Iserlis, Ng Insist Yong and Anthony Ecu, and Bindery Motion pictures’ Greg Beauchamp and Carter Collins. UTA will characterize worldwide gross sales.
Gillan is an award-profitable actress recognized all over the area for her personality Nebula within the Guardians of the Galaxy movies and varied Shock initiatives. She’s additionally recognized for her feature as Ruby Roundhouse in Sony’s recent pair of Jumanji movies, and as Amy Pond over three seasons of Doctor Who. She can for the time being be seen in Taika Waititi’s Thor: Like and Verbalize and may well well contain to next seem in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 and The Guardians of the Galaxy Holiday Special.
Identified in her native Poland as Małgorzata Zajączkowska, Stein is an actor and author whose credits embody Label Tarlov’s Merely Irresistible, Glenn Jordan’s Sarah, Easy and Big, Woody Allen’s Bullets Over Broadway, Paul Mazursky’s Enemies: A Like Account and a Broadway production of Noel Coward’s Recent Laughter.
Fowler is an actor, comedian, producer and author who now not too long ago co-starred in Stephanie Allyne and Tig Nataro’s Am I OK?, which premiered at the 2022 Sundance Movie Festival and may well well contain to be launched later this year. He’s additionally been seen in movies adore Coming 2 The United States, Judas and the Black Messiah and Sorry to Bother You, as smartly as such sequence as Crashing and Superior Donuts. Other upcoming initiatives for the actor embody Tim Account’s comedy The Blackening and the FX miniseries Retreat.
Nealon is an Emmy-nominated actor and comedian very most attention-grabbing recognized for his time as an SNL forged member from 1986 to 1995. He’s additionally appeared in sequence adore Weeds and such movies as Happy Gilmore and The Marriage ceremony Singer, among many others.
Balsam can for the time being be seen in Mariama Diallo’s Sundance hit Master, which is streaming on Amazon. She’s additionally now not too long ago appeared in movies adore The Many Saints of Newark, Worth and The Climb, and has been seen on such acclaimed sequence as Angry Men and Divorce, among others.
Out of doorways of her work with Greenfield, Steen used to be a co-producer on the feature Plus One, starring Maya Erskine and Jack Quaid. She additionally served as showrunner on Yarn Night, an interactive sequence for Eko Studios.
To boot to to the beforehand mentioned short movies, Greenfield penned the play All Girls and wrote and co-produced Haunt the Johnsons, a scripted comedy audio sequence for Audible.
Gradual Bloomers marks the first feature for Barreto and Feltner’s production firm We’re Doin’ Good, which depends in Los Angeles.
Launched within the summertime of 2010 by Sam Bisbee, Jackie Kelman Bisbee and Lance Acord, Park Photos Functions has produced such Sundance-selected movies as Robotic and Frank (2010), Infinitely Polar Hold (2014), God’s Pocket (2014), Cop Automobile (2015), Other Other people (2016), The Hero (2017), An Night With Beverly Luff Linn (2018), Hearts Beat Loud (2018), The Sentence (2018), Farewell Amor (2020), The Truffle Hunters (2020), The Closing Shift (2020) and Us Youngsters (2020). The firm this year premiered the films Broadway Rising, Aisha and There There at the Tribeca Movie Festival and acquired a Peabody Award nomination for the documentary Storm Lake. Moreover growing for Park is the political drama The Self sufficient, which this can birth with Relativity and Sky later this year. Park Photos Functions is a division of Park Photos, an award-profitable industrial production firm with locations of work in Fresh York, Los Angeles and London, owned by Jackie Kelman Bisbee and Acord.
Gillan is represented by UTA, Maison Two and Linden Entertainment; Stein by Studio Gama in Poland; Fowler by UTA and Entertainment 360; Nealon by Gersh and Brillstein Entertainment Companions; Balsam by Gersh and One Entertainment; Steen by Gersh and Excellent Wretchedness Command; and Greenfield by Gersh.