Karen Gillan is set to star in the much-anticipated The Circle, opposite Emma Watson and Tom Hanks, premiering this week (April 28). But, apparently she’s been working quietly on another project.
The Doctor Who alum took to Instagram to share the details on 2018’s The Party’s Just Beginning. Gillan has written the script, she’s also directing… and starring.
Whoa, she’s a triple threat with this one.
Here’s a first look at Gillan in character, staring off despondently:
Here is an exclusive shot from my new film ‘The Party’s Just Beginning’. I wrote, directed and acted in it and I can’t wait for you guys to see what we’ve made. It’s a haunting, (hopefully) moving and absurd little film. Starring Matthew Beard @seedyoats Lee Pace, Siobhan Redmond, Paul Higgins, Rachel Jackson @r_jacz and many more amazing Scottish actors. The story follows our lead character as she deals with the suicide of her best friend. She has a hard time expressing how she feels and finds herself on a path of self destruction. #formallytupperwarepartymovie
The film is deemed a comedy but revolves around dark material. Gillan takes on the role of a girl named Lucy. She has just lost her best friend to suicide and is struggling with the aftermath.
The actress talked to Empire magazine about the premise of the film, saying, “It’s one year on and she’s (Lucy) having a hard time connecting with anyone.”
The Scottish actress is from Inverness, a city in the Scottish Highlands. According to Empire, Gillan read about suicide rates escalating in the Highlands and this concerned her. She put pen to paper (or fingers to keys) to address the issue, saying, “Growing up there, I had such an amazing experience. So to read something like that, it’s like, ‘Why?’”
She goes into more detail about the film and her thoughts with her Instagram post above, writing, “She (Lucy) has a hard time expressing how she feels and finds herself on a path of self-destruction.”
We should note, this isn’t Gillan’s first time writing and directing, making her directorial debut with Coward (2005). She opted not to star in the film, so she could focus on the technical side of things. She followed that up with the horror short Conventional, which she wrote, directed and did indeed star in, the second time around as director.
You can watch Conventional below in its entirety:
Gillan has completed filming on Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle (December 20). She is currently filming 2018’s Avengers: Infinity War, returning as Nebula.
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