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John Krasinski to star in and direct The Hollars with Anna Kendrick

05.06.2014

John Krasinski, the former star of THE OFFICE, has yet to explode on the big screen despite several rumors linking him to potential parts in movies as big as GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY. But, Krasinski has been content to work on projects like his directorial debut, BRIEF INTERVIEWS WITH HIDEOUS MEN, and co-writing the film PROMISED LAND alongside Matt Damon. Now, Krasinski has lined up his next project, THE HOLLARS.

Based on a script from James C. Strouse, THE HOLLARS will co-star Anna Kendrick, Margo Martindale, and Richard Jenkins. The film is described as a cross between STEEL MAGNOLIAS and GARDEN STATE, which means it will be the type of movie we will hear buzzed about at festivals for months. Here is the plot synopsis, courtesy of Deadline>/a>

Krasinski also will star in the lead as John Hollar, an aspiring NYC artist who takes his girlfriend (Kendrick) back to his Middle America hometown on the eve of his motherís (Martindale) brain surgery. There heís forced to navigate the crazy life he left behind as his dysfunctional family, high school pals, his father (Jenkins), and his over-eager ex flood back into his life ahead of the operation.

No word on who may play the over-eager ex, but I would be willing to wager Krasinski could convince his wife, Emily Blunt, to take on that part. Krasinski is definitely worth watching as an actor, even if BRIEF INTERVIEWS WITH HIDEOUS MEN was lacking from a directorial standpoint. He has charisma and an everyman quality without the annoying factor that Zach Braff has. This may be an interesting project to keep an eye on.

John Krasinski will produce through his Sunday Night banner. Distribution is set but there is no release date as of yet for THE HOLLARS.

Source: Deadline

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4:43AM on 05/07/2014

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i like Krazinsky but he CANNOT catch a break. everything he touches turns to box office crap. when you star in a film alongside Matt Damon and he helps you write it (something the Academy thought he was good at) and it FAILS hard? you have a problem. poor kid. wish him well
i like Krazinsky but he CANNOT catch a break. everything he touches turns to box office crap. when you star in a film alongside Matt Damon and he helps you write it (something the Academy thought he was good at) and it FAILS hard? you have a problem. poor kid. wish him well
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8:29PM on 05/06/2014
Huge fan of the guy. I love the fact that he has been able to stay so low key while still being successful with his acting, writing, and directing. I would like to see him in bigger roles, but if this is what it takes for him to make quality material then that's fine with me. The guy also starred in one of my favorite films of all time, Away We Go and was a big reason why that film was as terrific and memorable as it was.

I would love to think that this could be his version of Garden State.
Huge fan of the guy. I love the fact that he has been able to stay so low key while still being successful with his acting, writing, and directing. I would like to see him in bigger roles, but if this is what it takes for him to make quality material then that's fine with me. The guy also starred in one of my favorite films of all time, Away We Go and was a big reason why that film was as terrific and memorable as it was.

I would love to think that this could be his version of Garden State. The guy is super talented.
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5:41PM on 05/06/2014
Krasinski is so boring. He was the worst part of all the movies he's been in.
Krasinski is so boring. He was the worst part of all the movies he's been in.
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