Tuesday, December 08, 2015

Be Still My Weiner

Yesterday when Sundance announced that Todd Solondz' new film Weiner-Dog would be playing their 2016 festival, I did the appropriate amount of whining on Twitter, within bounds, about wah wah won't somebody take me, wah. I didn't make too big a deal of it. I assumed it would play somewhere first besides a special screening for me and me alone in my living-room. Weiner-Dog, you may recall, is going to revisit the character of Welcome to the Dollhouse's Dawn Weiner but this time played by Greta Gerwig, which, well, if you've been reading this site for any period of time you know this is a combination that really melts my butter. Anyway about an hour after reading that news The Film Stage got their hands on the first two pictures from the movie, and now that I have seen Greta Gerwig as Dawn Weiner NO WHINING WILL EVER BE ENOUGH. WAHHHHHHHHHHH. (The film co-stars Ellen Burstyn and Brie Larson, among others, only adding fuel to my fever.)


Anonymous said...

Do you know why Heather Matarazzo isn't doing it? She was so great in the original.

JA said...

I give Todd Solondz a lot of leeway on this subject because he tried for years and years to convince Heather to replay the role (he wanted Dawn to show up in a couple of his other movies over the years) and she refused him over and over again. I don't really blame her either as Dawn Weiner's got to be a tough part to be entirely associated with, ya know? She probably has a very complicated relationship with that movie, I would imagine. Anyway she has always kept her distance from Dawn over the years for whatever reason. But yes she is brilliant, ICONIC, in Welcome to the Dollhouse.

All of that said I am really crazy curious to see what Greta, my favorite actress, does with the role. If it can't be Heather again there's nobody I'd rather see jump in head-first.