A “downside” of being an entertainment reporter, I often tell my friends, is that because we hear about movies from the moment the screenplay gets sold or the first actor is cast, by the time the movie actually comes out a year later, it’s lost some of its allure. It seems more like a package than a piece of art, and we’ve scrutinized every supporting role and potential plot twist. (Case in point, my apathy regarding The Dark Knight Rises.) That’s why it’s a pleasure to stumble upon this trailer for Nobody Walks. This is the first I’ve heard of Magnolia Pictures’ upcoming indie, directed by Ry Russo-Young. If that name doesn’t ring a bell, don’t worry—same here, though Russo-Young appeared in Hannah Takes the Stairs with Greta Gerwig and directed the 2009 film You Wont Miss Me.
I’m gonna have to check out the rest of her stuff, because if it’s as good as Nobody Walks looks, then I’m hooked. Not surprisingly, Lena Dunham co-wrote this sexual drama that looks incredibly hot. It’s about a young artist named Martine (Olivia Thirlby) who comes to stay in the poolhouse of a friend-of-a-friend Julie (Rosemarie DeWitt) so that Julie’s husband Peter (John Krasinski) can help Martine out with sound design on her art film. But all too soon, Peter is attracted to the vibrant Martine, while Julie has another guy — possibly a patient or client? — making a move on her. And of course all of these desires and urges are out in the open and everyone desperately wants what they’re not supposed to want. There’s also a subplot about Julie and Peter’s daughter Yma (Emma Durmont), who in addition to an awesome name is experiencing her first heady crush.
A few months ago I saw Olivia Thirlby in a play at Second Stage; though her character was more buttoned-up than brazenly sexual, I remember telling my friends that she was luminous. In contrast to her Juno character who lusts after older men in an obviously satirical way, she’s the perfect choice to play a young woman exploring her sexuality and finding older men much more fascinating and attractive than boys her age. In fact, she’s not unlike Elizabeth Olsen‘s character crushing on Josh Radnor in Liberal Arts, which ironically we wrote about this morning. Plus, am I the only one really excited to see John Krasinski play a guy who gets legitimately angry and maybe kinda dark?
Nobody Walks comes out October 12, 2012. Gah, why do I have to wait that long?!