Directed by Piven and written by Eliot Laurence, “Welcome to Me” stars Kristen Wiig, Wes Bentley, Linda Cardellini, Joan Cusack, Loretta Devine, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Thomas Mann, James Marsden, Tim Robbins, and Alan Tudyk. Millennium Entertainment will release the Bron Studios/Gary Sanchez Production stateside in 2015. Here’s the official synopsis:
The film centers on fame obsessed Alice who, after winning $86 million in lottery money, decides to spend it all on a TV show about herself. The show reflects Alice’s larger-than-life personality but as it becomes more and more popular the people in her life begin distancing themselves, leaving Alice to decide whether celebrity and recognition really brings happiness.
Reviews out of TIFF this Fall were solid, with Variety’s Justin Chang writing “The chief virtue of Eliot Laurence’s first-produced screenplay is not just its simple yet comically fertile premise, but also the brisk and blithely implausible manner in which it’s presented. This is not a movie that wastes any time trying to explain itself.”
“Welcome to Me” marks yet another plum role for erstwhile SNL star Wiig, whose darkly comic turns in indie hit “The Skeleton Twins” and Alice Munro adaptation “Hateship Loveship” impressed this year.