That’s a headline I’m almost surprised to read (much less type), but it’s happening and I’m pretty darn delighted about it. Scarlett Johansson and Ilana Glazer will be starring in a comedy film together, along with Kate McKinnon and Jillian Bell.
The film, titled Rock That Body, will be directed by Lucia Aniello from a script she co-wrote with her comedy/writing partner and boyfriend Paul W. Downs (a.k.a. Trey on Broad City. Aniello has directed and co-written many episodes of Broad City with Downs, so that alone definitely gives you a sense of what this movie will likely be.
Deadline is describing the film as following “a group of friends whose wild bachelorette party goes so far off the rails that a male stripper turns up dead.” Hmmm.
Let’s put it this way: it’s interesting to see the dead stripper trope, which is typically inhabited by a female character, flipped on its head. It’s a joke that’s been referenced in countless other comedy films and television shows, but could this be the first time anyone has ever thought to make it a male stripper who accidentally winds up dead thanks to a bachelorette party’s crazy antics? Given that this is a project from Aniello and Downs, however, I’m guessing it’s going to be a lot smarter than the very brief synopsis gives it credit for. Apparently, it was picked up by Sony Pictures in “a very aggressive bidding war”, according to Deadline, so that would also lead one to believe that the studio is very invested in its success.
Rock That Body is scheduled for a June 23, 2017 release, where it will go up against the latest installment in the Transformers franchise. In the meantime, I’ll be waiting for that trailer to emerge.
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