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The Breakout Star of Sundance’s 2015 Grand Prize Winner Lands Her Next Plum Role

The Breakout Star of Sundance's 2015 Grand Prize Winner Lands Her Next Plum Role

Olivia Cooke, who moved Sundance as a teen with cancer in Grand Jury and Audience winner “Me and Earl and the Dying Girl,” is set to follow up her breakout role with “Katie Says Goodbye,” a drama from the indie collective behind “Martha Marcy May Marlene.” (THR has the full scoop.)

Cooke will play the title character, a 17-year-old waitress who prostitutes herself in order to get by while pursuing greener pastures in San Francisco. She is joined by “The Killing” star Mireille Enos, Jim Belushi, Mary Steenburgen and Christopher Abbott, who also broke big out of Sundance as a self-destructive twenty-something in “James White.” In the “Katie,” Abbott plays Cooke’s mechanic love interest, with Enos playing her unfit mother. The feature is set to begin shooting at the end of March in New Mexico.

“James White” producers Sean Durkin, who directed “Martha Marcy,” and “Simon Killer” director Antonio Campos will executive-produce “Katie Says Goodbye,” which was written and will be directed by their NYU film school pal Wayne Roberts. Erik Schultz and Jacob Wasserman are producing.

Cooke also had a strong 2014 with box office hit “Ouija” and indie genre outings “The Quiet Ones” and “The Signal,” and she can be seen on A&E’s “Bates Motel.” “Me and the Dying Girl” opens June 12 from Fox Searchlight.

READ MORE: 2015 Sundance Awards: “Me and Earl” Takes Grand Jury Prize

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