Thelma and Louise star Geena Davis has boarded the indie comedy Don’t Talk to Irene.
The Oscar winner will co-star in Pat Mills’ sophomore feature comedy from Edyson Entertainment, along with newcomer Michelle McLeod, Scott Thompson, Bruce Gray and Anastasia Philips (Skins).
The casting marks Davis’ return to the big screen after her Golden Globe-winning role as the president on ABC’s Commander in Chief and a multiple-episode arc on Grey’s Anatomy.
Davis won a supporting actress Oscar for The Accidental Tourist and was nominated for an Oscar and Golden Globe for her co-starring turn in Thelma and Louise. She counts A League of Their Own, The Fly, Beetlejuice, The Long Kiss Goodnight and Stuart Little among her credits.
Don’t Talk to Irene follows Irene (McLeod), a fat and friendless high school student who does community service at the Golden Days retirement home after being suspended from school. With a passion for cheerleading, Irene secretly signs up the senior residents to audition for a dance-themed reality show to prove that you don’t need to be physically perfect to be awesome.
The coming-of-age tale is shooting in Hamilton, Ontario, with TLC’s My Big Fat Fabulous Life star Whitney Thore attached as a consultant. Don’t Talk to Irene, executive produced by Ed Gernon and Alyson Richards, will be released in Canada by Search Engine Films.
“That the film happens to have such an incredible underlying message of body-positivity is a huge bonus. It’s important for us to put good things out into the world,” Richards said in a statement.