Olivia Wilde Joins Film “Squirrels to the Nuts”

Director Peter Bogdanovich is assembling an incredibly impressive team both in front of and behind the camera for his next feature. Owen Wilson, Jason Schwartzman, Olivia Wilde and Brie Larson (21 Jump Street) are attached to star in the indie comedy Squirrels to the Nuts with Wes Anderson and Noah Baumbach onboard to produce the pic; it’s essentially The Avengers of quirky cinema. The film centers on a hooker-turned-Broadway-thesp, played by Larson, and follows the “recurring intersection between these two facets of her life.”

Per Variety, Larson is attached to play the lead in the film, which was also written by Bogdanovich. Wilson will play a Broadway director who pays for Larson’s escort services despite being married to the star of the play. Schwarztman is being courted to play a playwright who falls for Larson “despite the fact that he’s dating her therapist (Wilde), whose own alcoholic mother is in rehab.”

Bogdanovich’s Paper Moon is one of my favorite films of all time, so I’m eager to see what he’s been up to since his last theatrically released feature, 2001’s The Cat’s Meow. The addition of Anderson and Baumbach to the team only makes Squirrels to the Nuts even more appealing. Wilson is currently filming Mad Men creator Matt Weiner’s feature directorial debut, You Are Here, alongside Zach Galifianakis. He’s set to reteam with Vince Vaughn this summer to shoot the Shawn Levy-directed comedy The Internship.