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Its title is terrible, but the romantic drama The Driftless Area is fast gathering an incredible cast. Anton Yelchin and Zooey Deschanel are set to star, while John Hawkes, Frank Langella, Ciaran Hinds, Alia Shawkat and Aubrey Plaza will lend support.
Reporting out of the Cannes Film Festival, THR revealed that Aubrey Plaza is the latest addition to the cast. The Driftless Area is currently seeking distribution while its director, Zachary Sluser, shoots the film in Vancouver.
Following a string of short films, The Driftless Area marks Zachary Sluser’s directorial debut. The drama is based on a novel by Tom Drury, who co-wrote the screenplay alongside Sluser. Check out the official synopsis for the novel The Driftless Areabelow:
“Set in the rugged region of the Midwest that gives the novel its title, The Driftless Area is the story of Pierre Hunter, a young bartender with unfailing optimism, a fondness for coin tricks, and an uncanny capacity for finding trouble. When he falls in love, with the mysterious and isolated Stella Rosmarin, Pierre becomes the central player in a revenge drama he must unravel and bring to its shocking conclusion. Along the way he will liberate $77,000 from a murderous thief, summon the resources that have eluded him all his life, and come to question the very meaning of chance and mortality. For nothing is as it seems in The Driftless Area. Identities shift, violent secrets lie in wait, the future can cause the past, and love becomes a mission that can take you beyond this world.”
Fox has put in development Queen Of Everything, a half-hour animated comedy executive produced by Zooey Deschanel and Sophia Rossi via their Miss Hawkins banner. It hails from 20th Century Fox TV where Miss Hawkins has a first-look deal. Written/executive produced by Ali Waller (American Dad, Late Night With Jimmy Fallon), Queen Of Everything is a workplace comedy set in a modern fairytale world. It centers on an evil queen who comes into power and realizes that running a Queendom isn’t easy when you have no people skills and everyone hates you. With the help of her staff, she’ll try to change her ways. This development season, Deschanel and Rossi sold projects to Fox and NBC.
With a hefty dose of her own personality-turned-brand, Zooey Deschanel brings to life New Girl‘s Jess—giving us the socially uncomfortable, sexually adventurous, optimistic, emotionally spun-out poster girl of an era
With her expressive Kewpie-doll eyes and now iconic bangs, Zooey Deschanel would have made a captivating silent-film star; with her flair for slapstick, she could have been a screwball-era screen queen. But there’s also something distinctly twenty-first century about the 34-year-old actress: She’s equally sardonic and silly, and though she may be as famous for her supergirly persona (spoofed—“I made a tiny sensitive boyfriend out of Popsicle sticks!”—in a Saturday Night Live skit called “Bein’ Quirky With Zooey Deschanel”) as she is for her 19-year career, she staunchly rejects the notion that loving puppies and polka dots precludes her from being a woman of power. Since her vintage-frock-wearing heartbreaker role in (500) Days of Summerand two-year marriage to Death Cab for Cutie singer Ben Gibbard (the pair divorced in 2012; she’s now dating screenwriter Jamie Linden) established her as an indie boy’s dream girl, she’s both defined and defied that role, deftly turning any backlash on its head by remaining unapologetically true to who she is: an ambitious, hardworking, formidably talented woman who also happens to own a Hello Kitty sewing machine.
The New Girl star has created a range of 16 dresses, which will arrive on Tommy.com on April 21.
Hilfiger met the actress through a mutual friend, and they began plotting a possible collaboration straight away, fuelled by their mutual love of vintage fashion.
Deschanel told WWD: “I am a fashion fanatic, and I am always looking for new ways to incorporate vintage, feminine pieces into my own wardrobe.
“Tommy and I share many of the same inspirations – old-school music, classic films and old Hollywood icons – and his guidance during the design process helped to put a really unique twist on each piece.”
Hilfiger said of the collection: “They are Sixties-inspired short dresses. There is a lot of red, white and blue, but done in a Zooey way with interesting detail and flirty fabrics. They are very Jean Shrimpton and Twiggy – really from the Sixties in London.
“That’s not something we would normally put in our regular sportswear line – maybe we’d be inspired by the Sixties for the runway, but it’s a new way to look at fun, American classics.”
Prices for the dresses, which are each named after one of Deschanel’s friends, will retail between $98 and $199.
The New Girl star, who graced the red carpet in a black Dolce & Gabbana dress with white polka dots, told The Hollywood Reporter which show originally inspired her to make the move from film to series work.
“Watching 30 Rock was what made me want to get into TV, because I watched that show and I thought, ‘God, that actually looks like fun,’ ” said Deschanel. “I watched that show and I just thought how great TV comedy could be at its apex. Now there are so many great shows, it’s amazing.”
Fellow cover girl Mindy Kaling, keeping with the night’s trend of wearing black, arrived in a Badgley Mischka dress and dished on some of the actresses she admires. “Julia Louis-Dreyfuss andLupita Nyong’o are sort of my two favorite people right now,” Kaling told THR. “Julia is so funny and so smart. Her acceptance speeches are the best. And Lupita, we’re both technically actresses, but what she does is so far away from anything I could ever do. I just admire it so much. She’s so beautiful and fashionable, so I find that very fun to watch.”