Noël Wells may be best known for her one-season tenure on Saturday Night Live or her breakout performance opposite Aziz Ansari on Master of None, but now, she’s making her directorial debut in the frenetically funny Mr. Roosevelt.
Wells wrote, directed, and stars in the film, which made its premiere earlier this year at the South by Southwest Film Festival. Now, it’s headed to theaters, and EW has the exclusive first look at the trailer.
Mr. Roosevelt follows a young comedian named Emily (Wells), who leaves Los Angeles for her hometown of Austin after the titular character falls ill. There, she winds up rooming with the ex-boyfriend (Nick Thune) she dumped to move to L.A. — and his seemingly flawless new girlfriend, Celeste (Britt Lower).
Earlier this year, EW spoke to Wells about Mr. Roosevelt and why she decided to make the leap to writing and directing a feature film.
“I thought you have to work your way up,” Wells said in March. “And I think being on SNL was a huge goal of mine and I was thinking, ‘Oh, I have to go do this, and then when I’m on it for seven years, then they’ll let me make movies!’ And then, when I was not on it for seven years, you just have this imperative on yourself to say, ‘What do I do now? Do I wait around for somebody to give me permission, or do I just decide that I’m gonna do it?’ And so, to me it was, I definitely had to decide to do it, and I really wanted to.”
Mr. Roosevelt will open in Austin on Oct. 27, Los Angeles on Nov. 17, and New York on Nov. 22, with additional cities to follow.