When I heard that Emma Roberts is starring in a new indie called Adult World, I initially assumed that she was drastically shrugging off her cutesy roles in Valentine’s Day, Nancy Drew, etc. to play a porn star. What I found out is that yes, Emma’s new project is about adults, but literal grown-ups, and not adult performers. In fact, it actually sounds a lot like the premise of Lena Dunham‘s Girls.
IndieWire got the first exclusive images of writer-director Scott Coffey‘s second feature, and also provided a detailed description of the movie. Emma plays Amy Anderson, who’s just graduated college with a poetry degree. Convinced that she’s the voice of her generation, she moves back in with her parents so she can save money on rent and devote her time to writing insightful poems. However, she soon realizes that she needs to get an actual job, and so winds up at an adult bookstore. That said, Amy is the dramatic type, and stalks her poet mentor Rat Billings (John Cusack) until he agrees to be her mentor.
Seriously, how does this not sound like Hannah Horvath? She even has the alliterative name! But as we can tell, the producers are setting up Emma to look a bit sexier than Hannah:
Then again, this is described as a satirical coming-of-age comedy, so I wouldn’t be surprised if Coffey pokes fun at his heroine and her delusions of grandeur. We won’t know til we see a trailer, but I can’t imagine that that’s far off at this point. If anything, it seems like Adult World came first: Coffey joined the project in 2010, and they filmed it at Syracuse University over the month of February 2012, two months before Girls even premiered on HBO.
I definitely find Emma Roberts funny, so I’d like to see her take on a more acerbic role with room for commentary on her generation and their post-college woes. But I’ll be suspicious if there’s a scene where Amy says, “I think I may be the voice of my generation. Or at least a voice, of a generation.”
Also, it looks like Amy has a much sweeter love interest than Adam in her adult bookstore manager Manny (Evan Peters). At least when he’s shirtless we know that some twisted role-playing isn’t going to go down. (Or will it?!)
Photos: Treehouse Pictures via IndieWire