Jennifer Garner is returning the world of quirky, semi-indie comedies.
Many forget Garner’s superb, mostly serious performance in Best Picture nominee “Juno,” but the company that financed the underground hit, Mandate Pictures, certainly hasn’t. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the company has optioned Jason Micallef’s original screenplay “Butter” for Garner to star in and possibly co-produce.
“Butter” is a political satire the begins with a young orphan who, after she’s adopted by a Midwestern family, discovers she has an incredible talent for butter-carving. When the town’s annual butter-sculpting contest comes around, she finds herself against the desperate, er, ambitious wife of the retired reigning champion. It’s unclear which character Garner would play, but “Butter’s” winning formula for preachy, too hip for it’s own good comedy is hard to ignore.
The trade reports a number of filmmakers, including Craig Gillespie (“Lars and the Real Girl”) and Garry Ross (“Seabiscuit”), are trying to nail down the directing chores.
Garner, who last appeared onscreen in “Juno,” will appear in “Ghosts of Girlfriends Past” this May and opposite Ricky Gervais in “This Side of the Truth” later this year.
No word on when Mandate would like “Butter” to begin production.