In 2007, Feldstein's older brother, Jonah Hill, landed a breakout role in the coming-of-age teen comedy Superbad. Directed by Greg Mottola, the film starred Hill and Michael Cera as two awkward teenagers hoping to gain more confidence before college. In Booksmart, Dever and Feldstein's characters similarly have the same objective. However, Wilde’s film seemingly differentiates itself from Superbad with its female-centric cast. Booksmart also features Wilde’s husband, Jason Sudeikis, in a supporting role, along with his former Saturday Night Live castmate Will Forte. The comedy was written by Katie Silberman, who wrote Netflix’s 2018 hit Set It Up starring Zoey Deutch and Glen Powell. Silberman also co wrote the 2019 film Isn’t It Romantic.
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Today, Annapurna Pictures released Booksmart’s red band trailer, which begins with a moment of guided meditation. From there, the clip establishes its comedic tone through the angry inner monologue of Feldstein’s Molly. The trailer immediately lightens up with the appearance of Dever's Amy, who pulls up to Molly’s home before unveiling a pop and lock dance on the street. The musical score and comedic vibe bears a striking resemblance to the aforementioned Superbad, which at once creates hype while minimizing the film’s originality. With that said, Booksmart is indeed a female-centric story, directed and written by women, and the trailer wisely refrains from emphasizing digital era cliches in favor of relatable high school problems. Overall, the trailer focuses on situational comedy and surrealistic moments, with both Dever and Feldstein showing obvious star power. Check out the red band trailer, as well as the film's poster, below.
Feldstein’s acting resume consists of only five feature films, but she’s already worked with notable directors like Nicholas Stoller, Whitney Cummings, Greta Gerwig, and now Wilde. Meanwhile, Dever is undoubtedly one of cinema’s rising stars at age 22. On television, the Dallas native has starred in Last Man Standing since 2011, and she also appeared in 17 episodes of the FX series Justified. On the big screen, Dever is already a 10-year veteran. In 2013, she appeared alongside Brie Larson, Rami Malek, and Lakeith Stanfield in the indie drama Short Term 12, and she most recently co-starred in the 2018 films The Front Runner and Beautiful Boy.
On the surface, Booksmart’s trailer looks similar to Superbad and other coming-of-age comedies. But with such a talented cast and crew - including Will Ferrell and Adam McKay as executive producers - Wilde’s directorial debut will undoubtedly be one of the spring’s most popular films.
Source: Annapurna Pictures
- Booksmart (2019) release date: May 24, 2019