One of this year’s SXSW standouts, Joe Swanberg’s first foray into celeb-fronted fare “Drinking Buddies,” has dropped its first trailer ahead of its August 23rd release. In the Magnolia pickup, Olivia Wilde headlines as Kate, a craft brewery manager torn between her boyfriend (Ron Livingston) and the co-worker (Jake Johnson) she secretly harbors feelings for. Anna Kendrick rounds out the ensemble as her colleague’s girlfriend.
Prior to its SXSW premiere, many were clamoring to know whether the mumblecore auteur had in fact sold out with his latest. But according to Indiewire’s Eric Kohn, “In Swanberg’s case, working with bigger names didn’t mean selling out;
instead, it afforded him a more complex range of talent. Among them,
Wilde gives her most assertive performance to date, playing a witty,
energetic personality whose tendency to imbibe the brewery’s latest
batch and start trouble marks the strongest female character in the
Swanberg universe since ‘Hannah Takes the Stairs.'”
Get a good peek at her performance in the trailer below: