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Jenny Slate, Obvious Child writers reteam for Landline

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The Croisette is popping with new comedy projects, and one in particular sees Jenny Slate reuniting with the creative team behind her 2014 indie hit Obvious Child, EW has confirmed.

Slate will join the ensemble comedy Landline, to be directed by Gillian Robespierre from a screenplay she penned with Elisabeth Holm, who also wrote the story for the Robespierre-helmed Obvious Child. The film takes place in 1995, revolving around a Manhattan teenager, Ali (Abby Quinn), who discovers her father (John Turturro) is having an affair, while her older sister, Dana (Slate), embarks on a journey of self-discovery.

The Hollywood Reporter first broke the story out of Cannes on Monday morning, reporting that Edie Falco and Jay Duplass are also set to star in Landline, which is being financed by OddLot (The Way Way Back) and Route One (A Walk in the Woods). The project enters production May 23.

Duplass commented on his involvement in the film, tweeting “I’m in love with (and in) this movie” while linking to an article about Landline.

 

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Slate recently reprised her recurring role of Tally Schifrin in an episode of the fifth season of HBO’s Girls and voiced Bellwether in the Disney animated comedy Zootopia. She will next appear in Marc Webb’s Gifted alongside Octavia Spencer and Chris Evans, and has lent her voice to the upcoming Universal animated comedy The Secret Life of Pets, opening in theaters July 8.

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