Oscar-winner Allison Janney has lined up her next high-profile role, landing a part in Bad Robot's upcoming thriller drama Lou, which is described as being in the vein of Liam Neeson's Taken movies. Janney scored her first career Academy Award nomination for her performance as figure skater Tonya Harding's tough-as-nails mother in last year's biopic I, Tonya, and indeed went on to win the Best Supporting Actress Oscar.
Janney also claimed the Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actress for her turn opposite Margot Robbie in I, Tonya. The actress also has six Emmys to her name, two for Best Actress in a Comedy for her role on the sitcom Mom, two for Best Supporting Actress in a Drama for The West Wing and two more Best Actress in a Drama wins also for The West Wing. Janney's future slate includes a voice role as Margaux Needler in The Addams Family animated film currently in production, as well as the role of Susan Estrich in Jay Roach's Untitled Roger Ailes Project, which sees her reuniting with I, Tonya co-star Robbie.
The award-winning Janney has now added to her dance card with another movie project, the Bad Robot-produced drama-thriller Lou, as reported by THR. Directed by Anna Foerster (Outlander), the movie follows a young woman and her landlord Lou (Janney) as they team up to find the woman's daughter after she is kidnapped by her father. The movie is described as a mix of Thelma and Louise and Taken, which presumably positions it as a feminist revenge thriller. The film was originally set to go at Paramount before going into turnaround, but now J.J. Abrams and Bad Robot have revived the project.
Janney's character Lou is described as "a hard-shelled and rule-breaking woman" who possesses a particular set of skills, including unexpected tracking abilities. In other words, she is the female Liam Neeson, though it's not known how many people she will actually get to brutally murder during the course of the movie. The twist here seems to be that, instead of going out to rescue her own child as in a Liam Neeson thriller, Lou draws upon her skills to rescue the child of her tenant. Indeed, this sounds like an intriguing role for Janney, who certainly proved her ability to play "hard-shelled" with her portrayal of the unforgiving and crusty LaVona in I, Tonya.
It remains to be seen who else will join Janney in the cast of Lou, but it seems there's a good part for a younger actress as the young woman whose daughter is kidnapped. But it sounds as though the real meaty role goes to Janney, as she continues building her resume post-Oscar. Lou is set to go into production in 2019.