It’s amazing what can happen in the course of a year or two. When “Tanner Hill” hit the Toronto International Film Festival in 2009 the film’s stars Rooney Mara and Brie Larson were virtual nobodies. And now? They are each on their way to the top. Mara, of course, has become the muse of David Fincher, so impressing him with her work in “The Social Network” that she became a top candidate and eventually won the lead role in the forthcoming “The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo.” As for Larson, she appeared in “Greenberg” and “Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World” last year, is a regular on “The United States Of Tara” and has “Rampart” and “21 Jump Street” on the way. So, when Anchor Bay picked up the rights to the film earlier this year at Sundance, they knew they had something with two fast rising stars on their hands.
Well, the film is gearing up for a release next month and a poster and a plethora of still have landed for the movie. Directed by Francesca Gregorini, the film is set a boarding school in a New England town where four teenage girls come-of-age and find their relationships with one of other tested and shifting during their senior year. It’s certainly a familiar premise, but on that hopefully finds some new depth and angles with which to approach the story.
“Tanner Hall” will open in limited release on September 9th, but it won’t be the last you’ll hear from Gregorini and Mara. The duo are set to reteam on “Emanuel And The Truth About Fishes” which was supposed to shoot this summer, though it appears those plans may be have changed. Check out the full synopsis, poster and pics from “Tanner Hall” below.
As Fernanda (Rooney Mara) enters her senior year at Tanner Hall—a sheltered boarding school in New England—she’s faced with unexpected changes in her group of friends when a childhood acquaintance, the charismatic yet manipulative trouble-maker Victoria (Georgia King), appears. Shy and studious, Fernanda is usually the voice of reason among her friends—adventurous and sexy Kate (Brie Larsen) and tomboy Lucasta (Amy Ferguson)—but when she begins a complicated friendship with Gio (Tom Everett Scott), an older family friend, she decides it’s finally time to take some risks. Jealous of Fernanda’s exciting relationship, Victoria begins to sabotage Fernanda’s plans and plots to publicly humiliate her. Meanwhile, Lucasta struggles with her newfound feelings towards another classmate, and mischievous Kate is too preoccupied with making her teachers nervous to pay much attention to her actual classes. However, as each of the girls flirt with adulthood, they realize they still need each other to help get through their first grown-up decisions—and the consequences they bring.