Kristen Bell Is On a Roll: Focus World, Screen Media Slate ‘The Lifeguard’ for Summer

Kristen Bell Is On a Roll: Focus World, Screen Media Slate 'The Lifeguard' for Summer


It’s a good year so far for Kristen Bell, as the Kickstarter campaign to reboot “Veronica Mars” reached its goal last week. Focus Features’ alternative distribution outlet Focus World has
partnered with Screen Media Films in acquire U.S. rights to Sundance entry “The Lifeguard.”

The
directorial debut of TV writer Liz W. Garcia, “The Lifeguard” stars Bell (“House of Lies”), Mamie Gummer
(“Side Effects”) and Martin Starr (who previously collaborated with Bell
on TV’s late “Party Down”). Also joining the cast is Oscar-nominee Amy
Madigan (1985’s “Twice in a Lifetime”).

Almost-thirtysomething
Leigh (Bell) uproots her life as a reporter in New York and returns
hometown Connecticut. There, she resumes the suburban life she left
behind: living with her parents, hanging out with old friends who never
left (Starr and Gummer), working as a lifeguard like she did in high
school, where she was once the valedictorian. But her simple life
takes a twisted turn as she begins an affair with a 16-year-old boy
(David Lambert).

Read an Indiewire review with Bell from Sundance here. Indiewire interviewed writer/director Garcia at the festival in January.

Focus World and Screen Media Films will distribute “The Lifeguard” in theaters and on digital platforms this summer.

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