Aubrey Plaza Has Been Cast as the Lead in John Waters’ Next Movie

The news of John Waters’ return to the silver screen initially broke way back in October 2022 when he learned he would be directing an adaptation of his novel Liarmouth, with relative silence since then. Finally, the film has a lead actor, and it’s none other than Aubrey Plaza. The movie will reportedly begin production this summer in Waters’ beloved hometown of Baltimore, marking his first film since 2004’s A Dirty Shame.

Film blog World of Reel was the first to report the news of Plaza’s casting, which has since been confirmed by The Guardian and other news outlets. The book follows Marsha Sprinkle, “a compulsive liar and thief who oozes arrogance,” as Them’s Juan Velasquez described her in his 2022 Q&A with Waters. Sprinkle gets caught stealing luggage from an airport and goes on the run with a wild crew in tow, consisting of her daughter Poppy who runs an illegal trampoline park, her mother Adora who is a “pet plastic surgeon,” and her partner-in-crime Daryl.

As for Plaza, the role seems to be a dream come true. In an October 2022 interview with Dazed, shortly after the film had been announced, the actor said that she had emailed Waters, saying, “You better let me audition for you. I even look like the girl on the cover.’”

“I exclusively only audition for John Waters,” she added. “He told me I’m on his list, but I want to be top of the list. I want to be the only person on his list. They’ve told me I’m this generation’s Kathleen Turner. I mean, come on – I’m a shoo-in. I need that movie.” As the interview came to a close, Plaza re-emphasized her desperation to work with the director. “I’m throwing myself at his feet,” she told Dazed. “I’ll do anything to get the part. And I mean anything.”

Congratulations to queer filmgoers, who will get to witness what will undoubtedly be an iconic collab, but most of all, congrats to Plaza.

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