Mary Elizabeth Winstead, who really made a name for herself playing Ramona Flowers last summer in Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, and Aaron Paul, Emmy Award-winner for TV’s Breaking Bad, have both in negotiations to lead the indie dramedy, Smashed, Variety report.
The film will be made at the excellently named Super Crispy Entertainment, who recently made the indie film, Like Crazy, starring Felicity Jones, Anton Yelchin, and Jennifer Lawrence, which won the Grand Jury Prize for a Dramatic Film earlier this year at Sundance.
They’re clearly starting to prove themselves capable of making great films with a terrific cast on a low budget, and Smashed will hopefully be another prime example. Along with Winstead and Paul, Octavia Spencer, star of the forthcoming The Help, and Nick Offerman, star of TV’s Parks and Recreation, are also in talks to join the film.
Smashed is to be loosely based on Blake Edwards’ Academy Award-winning 1962 film, Days of Wine and Roses, and will be directed by James Ponsoldt (Off the Black) and co-written by Ponsoldt and Susan Burke. The film will see,
“Winstead and Paul as a married couple whose bond is built on a mutual love of alcohol. Their relationship is put to the test when the wife decides to get sober.
Spencer will play Winstead’s close friend and AA sponsor, while Offerman is closing a deal to play an assistant principal at the elementary school where the protag teaches.”
Winstead will next be seen leading The Thing opposite Joel Edgerton, the prequel to John Carpenter original film of the same name, which is due out here on 2nd December this year. According to Collider, Smashed is set to begin production in early November, so hopefully we can look forward to seeing it on the big screen by the end of next year. More news as we get it.