A24 have today debuted the first trailer for the anticipated directorial debut of Greta Gerwig, Lady
Known for her roles in Frances Ha, Mistress America and 20th Century Woman, Gerwig turns her attention to behind the camera (and pen) with her first foray into directing with this comedy-drama. Oscar Nominee Saoirse Roan (Brooklyn, On Chesil Beach) stars in the title role in the story of an ambitious but rebellious high-school senior who envisages a life away from the suburban climates of Sacramento. She dreams of a life nearer to New York, but it’s gonna take a lot to get her there.
Here’s the official synopsis:
Christine McPherson (Saoirse Ronan, also appearing at this year’s Festival in On Chesil Beach) — affectionately known and self-proclaimed as Lady Bird — is an ambitious, bright, and precocious high school senior. Longing to break free of suburban Sacramento, she dreams of a different life full of east coast skyscrapers, Ivy League universities, and cosmopolitan culture.
With modest grades and no alumni connections to speak of, Lady Bird needs extracurriculars to beef up her college applications. Joining the drama club leads to new friends (sometimes at the expense of old ones), first loves, and a social life in full swing. Dealing with her critical mother and succeeding at math do not come as easily. With her dad recently laid off, her mom working double shifts as a nurse, and her brother and his girlfriend — Berkeley grads — working at the supermarket, she is keenly aware that post–high school life is no walk in the park. Old enough to appreciate what she has, but not always mature enough to show it, sometimes she just wants to go shopping for her prom dress rather than putting her clothes away.
Co-starring with Ronan is Laurie Metcalf (The Big Bang Theory), Tracy Letts (The Lovers), Lucas Hedges (Manchester by the Sea), Los Smith (Majorie Prime), Stephen McKinley Henderson (Fences) and Timothée Chalamet (Call Me By Your Name).
Lady Bird opens November 10th, after playing at both this year’s Telluride and Toronto International Film Festivals.