When Geoffrey Fletcher won the Best Adapted Screenplay Oscar in 2010 for Precious, it was a surprise success after 17 years of trying to find a foothold in the film industry. Now, Fletcher is gearing up for the release of his feature directorial debut, though taking a seat in the director’s chair was nothing new for him when he embarked on his first post-Precious project.
“Directing felt like being back at home. It felt very comfortable because I’d shot so many things growing up and through grad school,” said Fletcher, whose short film Magic Markers first attracted the attention of Precious director Lee Daniels.
Fletcher’s upcoming film, Violet & Daisy, which he also wrote, is the story of two teenage assassins (played by Alexis Bledel and Saoirse Ronan) who accept what they think will be a quick-and-easy job, until their target (The Sopranos’ James Gandolfini) is not what they expected.
The film has been billed as an action-comedy, but Fletcher says the genre and style of the film evolve as Violet and Daisy grow and change. First and foremost, though, he considers the film a coming-of-age story and “a teen assassin fable.”
EW has the exclusive poster and an exclusive photo from Violet & Daisy, due out in theaters this June. Check out the poster below, then move on to the next page to see a new photo and learn more about Fletcher’s experience making the film and screening it at festivals like the Toronto International Film Festival, where it debuted in 2011.