Here’s how indie movies sneak up on you. This was announced way back in the spring of 2011, before “Homeland” became a big hit, and thus when we saw a new movie with Claire Danes, we sorta just shrugged our shoulders and moved on. But the actress is back in a big way thanks to the hit series (which just got renewed for a third season), and undoubtedly many more eyes will now be on her indie feature “As Cool As I Am,” which Radiant Films has just picked up the sales rights for.
Currently in post-production, and based on the novel by Peter Fromm, the film finds James Marsden, Sarah Bolger, Thomas Mann, Jeremy Sisto, Mario Batali and Peter Fonda featuring the in the story that centers around Lucy (Bolger), a bright and intelligent teenage girl and her almost-boyfriend Kenny (Mann), who come of age in a small rural town. With her often absent and very young parents (Marsden and Danes) more in need of guidance and parenting than their daughter, Lucy turns to cooking shows to cope with the turbulent pains of adolescence and finds particular comfort in the celebrated culinary personality, Mario Batali. While Lucy charges ahead toward womanhood and her dream of becoming a chef, her mother is desperately searching for her own bigger life in this family comedy filled with laughter, tears, sex, love and pasta.
Yes, it sounds it bit twee and wacky the way these indie movies tend to go, and we’re not quite sure how that tone will play out in the finished product, but now that she’s conquered TV again, here’s hoping that Danes can ease back into the film world as well. With Sundance around the corner, we’d guess the premiere isn’t too far away. Until then, here is supercut of Claire Danes crying because it is awesome.