This news has tugged on the ol' heartstrings today: Cheryl Hines has signed on to direct the last screenplay Adrienne Shelly created before her tragic death last year. Shelly wrote, directed and starred in last year's wonderful romantic comedy Waitress, but she was murdered before the film was released. Hines also starred in Waitress alongside Keri Russell.
The movie, Serious Moonlight, is described as a dark comedy that "centers on a high-powered female attorney who learns that her husband is about to leave her for another woman, then prevents him from doing so by binding him to the toilet with duct tape. The wife's plan becomes complicated when the couple's home is besieged by robbers."
Hines, who many know from her role as Larry David's wife on Curb Your Enthusiasm, said, "I feel a great sense of pride to be directing this film. I had such respect for Adrienne and the work she did. And I love her writing so much. That tone is really in my wheelhouse."
Aside from enjoying her use of the word "wheelhouse," I absolutely love Cheryl Hines, as much or more than I loved Waitress (which was a lot), so I can't wait to see what she does with Shelly's material. We need more female-helmed comedies like these!
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