Writer-director and actor Joe Swanberg has a new film, “Drinking Buddies,” currently on VOD and in theaters this August, but that doesn’t mean he’s taking a summer vacation. He’s editing his next film, “Happy Christmas,” and has teased out some details about the cast, including the roles played by Anna Kendrick, Lena Dunham and Melanie Lynskey.
While promoting “Drinking Buddies,” Swanberg told HuffPost Entertainment that the film concerns a young couple (played by Lynskey and Swanberg) whose lives are interrupted by the arrival of an unwelcome house guest, a sister who moves into their basement. Now seen in “Drinking Buddies,” Anna Kendrick plays that sister, while Mark Webber — writer, director and star of 2012’s semi-autobiographic “The End of Love” — portrays the couple’s babysitter. Meanwhile, “Girls” creator and star Lena Dunham, currently working on the HBO series’ third season, rounds out the cast as a college friend of Kendrick’s character.
A remarkably prolific director and one of the originators of the so-called Mumblecore movement, Swanberg describes “Happy Christmas” as a “family comedy.” Once the film is finished, he hopes to take it to the early festivals next year, including Sundance, Berlin and of course South by Southwest, where “Drinking Buddies” premiered and received warm reviews. (Read TOH!’s review of “Drinking Buddies” here.)