After talking it up in the press for months, the trailer for Aubrey Plaza’s new raunchy medieval nun comedy The Little Hours is finally here. While that description may seem a bit odd, it’s certainly in Plaza’s wheelhouse. After breaking out on NBC’s Parks & Recreation, Plaza’s movie carreer kicked off with parts in Scott Pilgrim vs. the World and Safety Not Guarented. Her latest role, and the one destined to make her a true star, is as the multifaceted Lenny on FX’s Legion. Despite her TV work, however, she’s still turning out plenty of indie film roles.
A couple of weeks ago, the trailer for her coming-of-age dark comedy Ingrid Goes West arrived. Costarring Elizabeth Olsen, the movie will see Plaza deal with the death of her mother and rage against her friend’s social media bliss. On the other end of the time spectrum is The Little Hours, based upon Giovanni Boccaccio’s book The Decameron. Set in the middle ages, Plaza stars alongside Alison Brie (Community), as well as Kate Micucci of musical comedy duo Garfunkel and Oates and Molly Shannon of SNL fame. All four will play nuns with a long list of sins in what looks to be a shocking and hilarious take on the church.
The trailer, from Gunpowder & Sky, quickly dumps viewers into the atypical nunnery and demonstrates the sins the sisters are accused of, which run the gamut from lustfulness to eating blood. For Plaza, the part will be nothing new, and Shannon and Micucci are certainly no strangers to raunchy humor. Brie, meanwhile, certainly dipped her toe into dark comedy on Community, but The Little Hours and her starring role in Netflix’s upcoming GLOW will see her fully enter the world. Along with the trailer, a poster and synopsis were released, which you can check out below:
Medieval nuns Alessandra (Alison Brie), Fernanda (Aubrey Plaza), and Ginevra (Kate Micucci) lead a simple life in their convent. Their days are spent chafing at monastic routine, spying on one another, and berating the estate’s day laborer. After a particularly vicious insult session drives the peasant away, Father Tommasso (John C. Reilly) brings on new hired hand Massetto (Dave Franco), a virile young servant forced into hiding by his angry lord. Introduced to the sisters as a deaf-mute to discourage temptation, Massetto struggles to maintain his cover as the repressed nunnery erupts in a whirlwind of pansexual horniness, substance abuse, and wicked revelry.
Joining them will be fellow SNL alums Adam Pally and Fred Armisen, Plaza’s Parks and Rec costar Nick Offerman, plus Dave Franco, John C. Reilly, and Paul Reiser. Despite what look to be a modest budget, the film will be packed full of indie heavy-hitters, rising stars, and a few classic comedic performers. And along with the typical critical accolades, it features both a denunciation and ironic endorsement by the Catholic League. They likely won’t be the only religious institution bothered by the film when it premieres.
Source: Gunpowder & Sky