Tanner Hall played at the 2009 Toronto International Film Festival but sat on the shelf of distributor Anchor Bay for almost two years. Now it’s getting released because of one person: lead actress Rooney Mara. Because Mara went and got herself cast in the juicy role of Lisbeth Salander in David Fincher’s adaptation of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, there’s at least a name that can somewhat elevate the film’s profile and audiences can go “Hey, isn’t that the chick from The Social Network?”. It’s not much but it’s more than Anchor Bay had last year.
But when you see the trailer, it’s not tough to see why the film sat on the shelf. It looks like Dead Poets Society with privileged teenage girls at a boarding school flick as opposed to privileged teenage guys at a boarding school. If you are going to see one girls boarding school drama this year, I recommend seeing Jordan Scott’s Cracks instead. Back to Tanner Hall, hit the jump to see the trailer. The film opens September 9th.