The eclectic Richard Linklater has just cast Judy Greer in the comedy-drama Where’d You Go Bernadette. Based on a novel by Maria Semple, the movie tells what happens when a reclusive former architect suddenly goes missing just ahead of a family vacation to Antarctica, and is searched for by her husband and 15-year-old daughter. The story is told through the eyes of the daughter Bee, who discovers secrets about her past during the course of the quest. The film’s script was written by Holly Gent Palmo and Vince Palmo along with Linklater.
Linklater has already snagged Oscar-winner Cate Blanchett to play the anxiety-ridden Bernadette, a role that could very well garner her another Oscar nomination. Billy Crudup will play Bernadette’s husband Elgie and Kristen Wiig will play Audrey, an uptight neighbor who gets on Bernadette’s nerves.
As reported by Deadline, that already-outstanding ensemble has gotten even more impressive with the addition of veteran character actor Judy Greer in the role of Dr. Kurtz. Greer’s character is described as the director of a treatment facility who uses uncompromising honesty as a means of helping her patients.
In recent years Greer has been mixing in supporting roles in blockbusters with her usual steady parade of interesting, eccentric roles in smaller-scale films. 2015 saw her appearing in a pair of mega-hits, Jurassic World and Ant-Man, and also the ambitious but failed Tomorrowland. Later this year, Greer can be seen in a mo-cap performance as Cornelia in War for the Planet of the Apes (she played the same role in Dawn of the Planet of the Apes). She also starred alongside Woody Harrelson in this year’s quirky indie comedy Wilson. And of course she has an ongoing role as the ever-dense Cheryl Tunt in the FX (now FXX) animated comedy Archer.
Greer’s refreshing, real-feeling oddball comedic style makes her a favorite of directors looking to cast gently eccentric characters, and that quality is likely exactly what Richard Linklater was looking for when filling out the cast of Where’d You Go Bernadette, a film that has “strange and whimsical character study” written all over it.
Though several big names will be featured in the cast of Where’d You Go Bernadette, the story seems like it will mainly be told via the teenage character Bee, a character that has not yet officially been cast. Linklater has always had an affinity for young characters struggling to find themselves as he proved most effectively in his Oscar-winning film Boyhood and his classic 1990s comedy Dazed and Confused.