“Lady Bird” may be based on a detour in “Frances Ha” that Gerwig penned but that never made it to the screen. In that star-making film, the wayward Frances, played by Gerwig, briefly returns home to Sacramento until she remembers why she left.
“Lady Bird” will begin shooting next March and will not star Gerwig. The writer-actress previously co-directed “Nights and Weekends” with Joe Swanberg.
Gerwig will next appear in “Mistress America,” which, like “Frances Ha,” she co-wrote with director Noah Baumbach. She plays Brooke, the flitty but always enthusiastic stepsister and mentor to college freshman Tracy, played by newcomer Lola Kirke.
In the new trailer for the film, Brooke is a singer, a tutor, and an unofficial life coach to Tracy, as well as an aspiring writer, restauranteur, app designer and interior decorator. “I just am in love with everything, but can’t figure out how to make myself work in the world,” she sighs.
Tracy declares that she shares Brooke’s malaise, even if she doesn’t share her stepsister’s outward energy. In a recent interview, Gerwig discussed her excitement over writing a character like Tracy, a young woman who feels like she’s figured everything out. “I feel like so often, for male characters too,
but especially for female characters, an 18-year-old ingenue type of
girl never gets to say, ‘Sometimes I think I’m just smarter and better
than everyone else.’ That’s kind of a great thing. [At 18] you feel both
completely insecure and like the dumbest person in the room, and like
you’re maybe the best at the same time. I like confidence that’s not
totally based on anything.”
Watch Brooke and Tracy’s bold self-assurance when “Mistress America” opens August 14.