Wiig is negotiating to play Audrey Griffin, an overbearing stay-at-home mother and Bernadette's neighbor

By Nicole Sperling
March 23, 2017 at 04:11 PM EDT
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Kristen Wiig is in negotiations to star opposite Cate Blanchett in Richard Linklater’s adaptation of Where’d You Go, Bernadette, EW has confirmed.

Based on the bestselling novel from Maria Semple, Bernadette centers on the search for the titular character (Blanchett), an eccentric mother who befriends a call-center worker, engages in a spectacular fight with her neighbor, and goes missing right before she’s supposed to lead her family on a trip to Antarctica in celebration of her daughter’s middle-school graduation.

Wiig is negotiating to play Bernadette’s neighbor Audrey Griffin, an overbearing stay-at-home mother whose son Kyle attends school with the title character’s daughter, Bee.

Wiig will next appear in Alexander Payne’s Downsizing opposite Matt Damon. Most recently she starred in Masterminds and Ghostbusters.

Frequent Linklater collaborators Holly Gent Palmo and Vince Palmo wrote the latest draft of the script with the Boyhood director. The writing team of Scott Neustadter and Michael H. Weber (The Fault in Our Stars) wrote the original version of the film.

The film is bring produced by Megan Ellison of Annapurna Pictures along with Nina Jacobson and Brad Simpson of Color Force Productions, and Richard Linklater. No start date has been yet been announced.