Zoe Kazan is one of my most adored actresses/women/humans on the planet. To use a cliche—which Kazan, an incredible writer, would probably hate—she’s a chameleon, an actress who’s able to disappear into every role she takes while simultaneously imbuing it with a certain ineffable Zoe Kazan-ness.
She projected deep earnestness and innocence with a splash of sauciness as Leonardo DiCaprio’s mistress in Revolutionary Road; she was haughty and heartbreaking as Robin Wright’s hubristic young daughter in Private Lives Of Pippa Lee. In Ruby Sparks—which she also wrote, no big deal—she played the titular character, the “dream girl” literary creation of a lonely young writer (Paul Dano, her real-life partner), simultaneously sending up absurd women-in-movies-written-by-men tropes and projecting the very real pain of being irreparably wounded by the person you love. And in last year’s fantastic Olive Kitteridge, she played the sweet, naive Denise Thibodeau, an open, throbbing heart of a woman who slowly grows flintier as the people around her continue to disappoint her.
Somehow, in real life, she’s even more complex and interesting and hilarious and just fucking cool. What, I don’t just sit and scroll through her Twitter feed, reading all her pithy insights about life and wishing we were best friends forever and ever. You do!
Today, Variety reports that life is about to get a little Kazan-ier (sorry not sorry) for all of us. Atlas Independent and Unbroken Pictures have just sold a horror film called There Are Monsters, starring Kazan, to A24 for U.S. distribution. Kazan will star as a mother who, “along with her terrified young daughter, is trapped and tormented by a merciless creature—with only a mother’s protective love, her most primal instinct, able to save them.” Ooh, sounds Babadook-esque. The only way this movie could be more perfect is if it were 1) written by Zoe Kazan (it’s not) and b) Zoe Kazan and I could hang out between takes and talk about the mythology of Jordan Catalano.
There Are Monsters will be directed by Bryan Bertino (The Strangers) from his own script, and Embankment Films is selling the feature to international territories at Cannes. Production starts this summer in Ottawa, Canada, which is really far from Chicago, but I think we can make our friendship work long-distance, Zoe.