Greta Gerwig has directed before. Known for her collaboration—cinematic and otherwise—with Noah Baumbach, and celebrated for her distinctively tottering acting style, Gerwig co-directed and starred in 2008’s “Nights and Weekends” with Joe Swanberg, a messy long-distance relationship breakup story and one of the early mumblecore films, which she has now drifted away from.
Now the “Mistress America” co-writer and star is set to direct her own script, “Lady Bird,” with Scott Rudin among the producers. “Gerwig will not appear on camera in the story of a young woman’s last year spent in Sacramento,” Deadline reports.
Sacramento is actually where Gerwig is from, and in Noah Baumbach’s 2013 black-and-white love letter to New Wave, “Frances Ha,” Gerwig’s character (whom she also wrote) is also from Sacramento.
IAC Films, which backed “Inherent Vice” and Baumbach’s “While We’re Young,” will produce.