A photo of Sally Field at the 2015 SXSW Film Festival (via Variety)
Hollywood is slowly getting the memo that women want to see themselves in movies, too – and that women-centric films don’t necessarily repel men. However, what about actresses of a certain age?
Believe it or not, 2015 may be kinder to older actresses than recent cinematic years, in regard to box office and awards traction. Blythe Danner may contend for her first-ever nomination with I’ll See You in My Dreams. Lily Tomlin may return for the first time since 1975 with Grandma. Diane Keaton may pick up her seemingly decennial nomination for 5 Flights Up.
And Sally Field may join them for Michael Showalter’s Hello, My Name is Doris, as Roadside Attractions picked up the film for U.S. distribution. The two-time best actress winner leads as the title character, a 70-something cubicle worker with a huge crush on her younger co-worker, played by Max Greenfield.
Field’s performance was greeted with a standing ovation upon the premiere of Doris at the SXSW Film Festival. But Roadside currently plans to release the film in 2016, despite the early buzz for Field. Of course, there’s plenty of time to change distribution plans.
Variety brought news of the acquisition earlier today.