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.
Trailer via Vulture.
Here’s the official synopsis for Tanner Hall:
As Fernanda (Rooney Mara) enters her senior year at Tanner Hall—a sheltered boarding school in New England—she’s faced with unexpected changes in her group of friends when a childhood acquaintance, the charismatic yet manipulative trouble-maker Victoria (Georgia King), appears. Shy and studious, Fernanda is usually the voice of reason among her friends—adventurous and sexy Kate (Brie Larsen) and tomboy Lucasta (Amy Ferguson)—but when she begins a complicated friendship with Gio (Tom Everett Scott), an older family friend, she decides it’s finally time to take some risks. Jealous of Fernanda’s exciting relationship, Victoria begins to sabotage Fernanda’s plans and plots to publicly humiliate her. Meanwhile, Lucasta struggles with her newfound feelings towards another classmate, and mischievous Kate is too preoccupied with making her teachers nervous to pay much attention to her actual classes. However, as each of the girls flirt with adulthood, they realize they still need each other to help get through their first grown-up decisions—and the consequences they bring.