I Feel Pretty, a concept-based comedy starring Amy Schumer, will add some interesting performance gravitas to its cast with the acquisition of four-time Oscar nominee and Golden Globe winner Michelle Williams.
According to Deadline, Williams joins I Feel Pretty to play Avery LeClaire, the boss of a cosmetics company at which Schumer’s character Renee Bennett works. The premise of the film initiates when Renee – a purportedly unexceptional, average-sized woman who’s surrounded by the genetically gifted – falls off an exercise bike, leading to a head-injury-induced “spell” that leaves her under the belief that she is – by perceived conventional standards – stunningly beautiful, even though her appearance did not change. However, Renee’s newfound confidence seems to carry her far in her job, earning respect from her boss Avery (Williams). Yet, with her spell-imbued confidence only proving to be temporary, Renee emerges forever changed from the ordeal.
I Feel Pretty will be written and directed by the duo of Abby Kohn and Mark Silverstein, who have written films such as How to Be Single, The Vow, Valentine’s Day and He’s Just Not That Into You. Pertinently, the film seems to carry a life-affirming conceptual plot that rings rather similar to the (remake-destined) 1987 comedy Overboard, starring Schumer’s recent Snatched co-star Goldie Hawn as a pretentious wealthy woman who, after falling off her yacht, is made to believe that she is the wife of a blue collar contractor (Kurt Russell) who she’d previously mocked, as well as the doting mother to his sizable brood of children, similarly emerging forever changed from the ordeal.
We should assume that Michelle Williams’s I Feel Pretty role will entail more than simply being impressed by the confidence of Schumer’s character. Williams, the late-1990s Dawson’s Creek teen standout, comes into this project off a prestigious performance in the multi-Oscar-garnering drama Manchester by the Sea, opposite Casey Affleck (who took the Best Lead Actor prize). Williams herself earned an Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actress in that film, tallying her nod collection to four, with one in 2012 for Best Lead Actress for My Week with Marilyn, one in 2011 for Best Lead Actress in Blue Valentine and one in 2006 for Best Supporting Actress – opposite her late fiancé Heath Ledger – in Brokeback Mountain.
Williams will next appear in director Ridley Scott’s biographical drama about the J. Paul Getty III kidnapping All the Money in the World, an espionage thriller opposite Chris Pine in All the Old Knives, a P.T. Barnum biopic opposite star Hugh Jackman The Greatest Showman and will play 1960s rock legend Janis Joplin in the biopic Janis. However, it has not yet been revealed when we can expect I Feel Pretty.