Brie Larson’s post-Oscars trajectory continues to soar: EW can confirm the Room actress will produce and direct the upcoming comedy Unicorn Store for film banner The District.
The project, Larson’s first directorial feature, is described as a quirky, independent production. Larson will also star in the film. David Bernad and Ruben Fleischer are producing via The District, while Paris Kassidokostas-Latsis and Terry Dougas will produce through their company, Rhea Films.
Larson, who directed the Sundance Award-winning short film The Arm in 2012, will direct Unicorn Store from a script written by Samantha McIntyre. The film follows a woman, Kit, who moves back in with her parents just as she receives a peculiar invitation to visit an unusual store. While there, she grapples with the idea of what it really means to mature as an adult.
Prolific television director Miguel Arteta (Getting On, Enlightened, American Horror Story) was previously attached to the project, when Rebel Wilson was originally set to star. According to THR, Bernad and Fleischer further developed the project after Arteta and Wilson exited, bringing it to Larson shortly before she won the Academy Award for Best Actress in February.
Production is set to commence this October. Larson will next appear in Ben Wheatley’s crime drama Free Fire, confirmed to close the upcoming BFI London Film Festival that same month. She then stars opposite Tom Hiddleston in the blockbuster Kong: Skull Island ahead of taking on the titular role of Captain Marvel in the highly-anticipated comic book adaptation.
The Hollywood Reporter was first to report news of Larson’s involvement.