Every role I see Elisabeth Moss play I think “she’s perfect for that.” But really, it’s Moss who makes the roles her own so much that you can’t imagine anyone else in them. That has certainly been true in The Handmaid’s Tale, Mad Men, and Top of the Lake. And it’s likely true as well of Her Smell, if this first trailer is anything to go by. The series comes from writer/director Alex Ross Perry, and follows the tale of a fictional punk rock goddess (played by Moss) who is forced to reckon with her troubled past.
The trailer looks like distilled 90s riot grrrl goodness, with Moss at its manic center. The cast is also outstanding, and the film (as the trailer is happy to include) received some very positive reviews from TIFF and other festivals.
The cast of Her Smell also includes Cara Delevingne, Dan Stevens, Agyness Deyn, Amber Heard, Gayle Rankin, Ashley Benson, Dylan Gelula, Virginia Madsen and Eric Stoltz. The film debuts in New York April 12th and L.A. April 19th (a national expansion will follow); check out the trailer below:
Here’s the official synopsis for Her Smell:
Becky Something (Elisabeth Moss) is a ’90s punk rock superstar who once filled arenas with her grungy all-female trio Something She. Now she plays smaller venues while grappling with motherhood, exhausted bandmates, nervous record company executives, and a new generation of rising talent eager to usurp her stardom. When Becky’s chaos and excesses derail a recording session and national tour, she finds herself shunned, isolated and alone. Forced to get sober, temper her demons, and reckon with the past, she retreats from the spotlight and tries to recapture the creative inspiration that led her band to success.