John Krasinski has signed on to direct his second feature, The Hollars. Krasinski will also star and recruited a great supporting cast in Anna Kendrick, Margo Martindale, and Richard Jenkins. Per Deadline, Krasinski plays an aspiring artist who takes his girlfriend (Kendrick) back to his Middle America hometown shortly before his mother (Martindale) is scheduled to have brain surgery: “There he’s forced to navigate the crazy life he left behind as his dysfunctional family, high school pals, his father (Jenkins), and his over-eager ex flood back into his life ahead of the operation.”
James C. Strouse (The Winning Season) scripted The Hollars, described as a “blend of Steel Magnolias and Garden State.” The Garden State comparison is striking given the shared NBC sitcom roots of Krasinski and Zach Braff. Then again, dramas love to send the protagonist back home to create conflict. I love this cast, so I hope Krasinski can produce a fresh spin on a common tale.