Culture / Film

‘Wildflower’ is a dark comedy that follows the life of a mother and daughter navigating disability

At this point, you'd have to be quarantining in the Bermuda Triangle to not know about Jean Smart's recent resurgence. After all, it wasn't so long ago when we were all voraciously watching her play Kate Winslet's mother in Mare of Easttown. And with Jean's recent success on Stan's Hacks, we're certain that she's staying put in the cultural zeitgeist. If you needed more evidence know that she has just been cast in Limelight and eOne's new drama Wildflower signalling her return to film.

What is Wildflower about? According to Deadlinethe plot is derived from director Matt Smukler's family life and has been pinned down as a "coming-of-age dark comedy". It centres character Bea Johnson, played by Kiernan Shipka, and trails her life so far, from birth to graduation. Along the way, we watch on as she "navigates life with a parent with an intellectual disability and an extended family that can’t quite agree on the best way to help", so expect a few tears along the way.

From what we can tell, Jean Smart has been cast as Bea's mother. As for the rest of the cast, Alexandra Daddario from The White Lotus has signed on for Wildflower, as has Charlie Plummer who starred in Looking for Alaska, Samantha Hyde and Dash Mihok. Not only this, but Jana Savage is onboard as Wildflower's screenwriter. In terms of production, at the helm is Dylan Sellers and Chris Parker for Limelight, Hunting Lane Films and Morning Moon Productions.

Considering that casting has only just been finalised, we don't yet have a release date for Wildflower. Nor has a production date been set. In the meantime, if you enjoyed Jean Smart's performance in Mare of Easttown, here are 9 shows to dig into with similar themes. Otherwise, we'll be sure to keep you updated as more details arise.

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