Booksmart centers on two students (Beanie Feldstein, Kaitlyn Dever) who have put their social lives on the backburner in favor of excelling in academics. Now that high school is finished, the pair plan to make their share of memories, even if it means getting outside their secluded box. The picture, which marks the feature directing debut of Olivia Wilde, is receiving rave reviews.
Thanks to her work in Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising and Lady Bird, Feldstein’s acting career has been gaining steady momentum, and the critical success of Booksmart should even up the ante.
Feldstein initially met Wilde for tea to talk about the project (the pair were both working on Broadway at the time). “She was just so clear about her vision for this movie so once I knew she was directing it, I was so excited and honored that she thought of me,” said Feldstein, who’s the sister of actor/director Jonah Hill.
Click on the media bar to hear Feldstein talk about the “inclusivity” aspect of Booksmart:
Booksmart is now playing nationwide.