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'Grandma': EW preview

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STARRING Lily Tomlin, Julia Garner, Marcia Gay Harden

DIRECTED BY Paul Weitz

NOT YET RATED

RELEASE DATE TBD

It’s always a surprise when directors build movies around 75-year-old actresses—especially when the director is a guy who established himself with American Pie. But Paul Weitz had an idea, and when he met Lily Tomlin while making 2013’s Admission, it all spilled out: An ornery lesbian helps her teenage granddaughter (Julia Garner) raise $600 for an abortion. “The key thing was using a voice that was as articulate and profane as I needed this character to be,” says Weitz, who also wrote the script. “When Lily saw it, she jokingly said to me, ‘That’s the first time I’ve played myself. I should’ve thought of doing that earlier.’”