Oscar-winner Charlize Theron looks to have a ball playing lovely (but unscrupulous) characters over the next year. However, before she portrays a corporate tool in Ridley Scott’s Prometheus – and the wicked queen in Snow White and the Huntsman – Theron will first play a bat out of hell an often-drunk author in Young Adult.

Young Adult is an original dramedy that marks the reunion of Juno writing-directing team Diablo Cody and Jason Reitman. It’s already been picking up awards buzz, thanks to Theron’s leading turn as the unhinged Mavis Gary and Patton Oswalt’s supporting part as the schlubby Matt Freehauf, one of Mavis’ former high school peers.

Cody and Reitman’s new joint effort revolves around Miss Gary (Theron), a recently-divorced young adult fiction writer who heads back to her hometown, in the hopes of rekindling a romance with her high school sweetheart, Buddy Slade (Patrick Wilson). However, the problem is Buddy is now happily married to Beth (Twilight‘s Elizabeth Reaser) and even has a handful of kids… not to mention, Mavis is not exactly what you would call a socially-capable human being.

Case in point – just watch how Mavis responds when Beth accidentally spills a drink on her shirt in the NSFW Young Adult promo below:

The full-length Young Adult trailer teased an unabashedly dark and funny dramedy that revolves around a tour-de-force (yet not over-the-top) performance from Theron. Similarly, this new scene/promo offers further proof that – while Theron’s character may be a horrible and uncomfortable person to be around – she’s going to be a hoot to watch onscreen. Plus, when Cody is on her A-game, she is capable of concocting some pretty memorable one-liners; so Theron also should get to spout some nasty zingers here.

Young Adult, as a whole, looks to be another cleverly-conceived and intelligent character study from Reitman. The man is now somewhat of a specialist, when it comes to empathetic portrayals of seemingly despicable people – be it Aaron Eckhart’s cigarette spokesman in Thank You for Smoking or George Clooney’s “corporate downsizer” in Up in the Air. So that certainly bodes well for Cody and Reitman’s latest joint effort.

Young Adult begins a limited theatrical release in the U.S. on December 9th, 2011. It will expand wide a week later on the 16th.

Source: Trailer Addict