Karen Gillan stars in Lisa Steen’s feature film directorial debut ‘Late Bloomers’

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Karen Gillan stars in “Dual.” [RLJE Films photo]

Karen Gillan (“Dual,” “Jumanji,” “Guardians of the Galaxy”), Margaret Sophie Stein (“Bullets Over Broadway”) and Jermaine Fowler (“Sorry to Bother You,” “The Drop”) will star in the upcoming comedy “Late Bloomers,” directed by Lisa Steen and written by Anna Greenfield.

Kevin Nealon (“Weeds,” “Saturday Night Live”) and Talia Balsam (“Mad Men,” “Divorce,” “Master”) will co-star.

Written by Greenfield, the film is loosely based on her experience living in Brooklyn, New York, in her 20s.

Frequent collaborators, Steen and Greenfield previously worked together on the short films “Sundowners” and “Stepdaddy,” which premiered at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival and the 2019 SXSW Film Festival, respectively. They also collaborated on the short films “Games for Girls” and “New Adult.”

The film will be produced by Alexandra Barreto and Taylor Feltner for We’re Doin’ Great and Sam Bisbee for Park Pictures. Jackie Kelman Bisbee, Lance Acord, Cody Ryder (Park Pictures); Wendy Neu, Franklin Carlson; Robina Riccitiello (Fierce Optimism Films); Emma Pompetti, Tegan Acton (Good Gravy Films); Hallee Adelman, Ivy Herman (World of HA Productions); Sam Slater, David Bernon, Paul Bernon (Burn Later Productions); Marc Iserlis, Ng Say Yong, Anthony Eu (mm2 Asia); Greg Beauchamp, Carter Collins (Bindery Films) are executive producers.

Shot by cinematographer John de Menil, the film recently wrapped principal photography in Brooklyn. UTA will represent worldwide sales, according to a news release.

“Late Bloomers” is a comedy about Louise, an aimless millennial (Gillan), who drunkenly breaks her hip, landing her in physical therapy. There, she acquires an elderly Polish BFF who speaks no English (Stein). This unlikely friendship gives her the courage to face what she’s been running from all along: Her mother’s younger-onset Alzheimer’s.

Fowler plays Brick, Louise’s Craigslist roommate/landlord, and Nealon and Balsam have been cast at Louise’s parents.

Barreto and Feltner were accepted into the Sundance Institute Feature Film Creative Producing Fellowship with Late Bloomers in 2020. The project also was included in the 2021 Sundance Catalyst Spring Slate, 2020 Film Independent Directors Lab, 2020 IFP Market and 2019 Film Independent Fast Track.

“Late Bloomers” marks Steen’s feature film directorial debut. She was a co-producer on the feature film Plus One, starring Maya Erskine and Jack Quaid, and was showrunner on “Epic Night,” an interactive series for Eko Studios.

Along with her short film collaborations with Steen, Greenfield wrote the play “All Girls” and wrote and co-produced “Haunt the Johnsons,” a scripted comedy audio series for Audible.

Gillan is known around the world for her character Nebula of the “Guardians of the Galaxy,” part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. She also played Ruby Roundhouse in the “Jumanji” movie series and as Amy Pond over three seasons of “Dr. Who.”

Stein (Małgorzata Zajączkowska) has been acting for more than four decades in her native Poland and around the world. Her credits include Mark Tarlov’s “Simply Irresistible,” Glen Jordan’s “Sarah Plain and Tall” and Paul Mazursky’s “Enemies: A Love Story.” Her Broadway credits include Noel Coward’s “Present Laughter.”

Fowler recently co-starred in Stephanie Allyne and Tig Nataro’s “Am I OK?,” which premiered at the 2022 Sundance Film Festival and will be released later this year. Other credits include “Coming To America 2” and “Sorry to Bother You.”

A versatile actor and comedian, Nealon’s credits include “Weeds,” “Happy Gilmore” and “The Wedding Singer” as well as writing and performing on “Saturday Night Live,” for which he was nominated for an Emmy.

Balsam can currently be seen in Mariama Diallo’s Sundance hit “Master,” currently streaming on Amazon. She has co-starred in many critically acclaimed and groundbreaking series, including “Mad Men” and “Divorce,” with featured roles in many others, including “The Good Wife” and “Homeland.”


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