Is Evangeline Lilly about to have an affair with a stoner who drives an ice cream truck? That’s what sources say her new movie Happy Life is about, and honestly? I’m here for it.
Highland Film Group has announced that the Avengers: Endgame actress has signed on star alongside Ike Barinholtz in the indie comedy, which marks the debut feature from writer-director David Stassen. Barinholtz and Stassen will produce along with Andrew Robinson and Aperture Media Productions. Filming will take place this summer.
According to producers, Happy Life follows new mom Allison Beck (Lilly), who suspects her workaholic husband Eli (Barinholtz) of having an affair with an Instagram star. One mistake after another leads her into the arms of a younger man as she struggles to come to terms with her life decisions and be the mother she aspires to be.
“Struggling to come to terms with life decisions and motherhood” sounds kind of heavy, but I hear the script is actually a bit lighter in tone, and Barinholtz’s casting certainly suggests something more comedic. I’d say it’s hard to take an affair with the local ice cream man seriously, but come to think of it, Josh Charles played the corndog guy in Don’t Tell Mom the Babysitter’s Dead and I was very invested in his relationship with Christina Applegate‘s Sue Ellen. Anyway, I really like this role for Lilly, who is, of course, beautiful, but the children’s book author seems to have eschewed roles that trade on her looks and sexuality ever since Lost thrust her into the middle of a classic island love triangle. And yet, sexuality is one of the many weapons in an actor’s arsenal, and the idea of her getting back at her cheating hubby by having it off with a young stoner in the back of an ice cream truck is actually fairly interesting. Plus, Barinholtz makes a great ‘dick,’ so he’s a great choice to play a guy who gets his comeuppance — not that two wrongs make a right. Though as the saying goes, what’s good for the goose is good for the gander!
Lilly parlayed her breakout role on the hit TV series Lost into a starring role in The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug. More recently, she played the title character in Marvel’s Ant-Man and the Wasp and appeared in the box office behemoth Avengers: Endgame. Lilly will soon be seen alongside Gary Oldman and Armie Hammer in the upcoming indie drama Dreamland. She’s represented by Lilly is represented by UTA and Silver Lining Entertainment.
Barinholtz is best known for starring on The Mindy Project, and he’ll soon be seen alongside Mindy Kaling once again in the upcoming movie Late Night, which is terrific. Barinholtz recently made his own directorial debut with The Oath, and his feature credits include Suicide Squad, Blockers and Neighbors. He’s repped by Barinholtz is represented by UTA and Artists First.
Stassen is a writer/producer known for comedies such as The Oath and Blockers as well as Central Intelligence starring Dwayne Johnson and Kevin Hart. He’s also behind the upcoming comedy Crime After Crime that will pair Barinholtz with Crazy Rich Asians star Awkwafina. He’s repped by UTA and Mosaic.