While this upcoming weekend’s box office will likely be dominated by some combination of Star Trek Into Darkness, The Great Gatsby and Iron Man 3, indie film enthusiasts are exploding with anticipation for the release of Frances Ha, the latest film from director Noah Baumbach (Kicking And Screaming, Greenberg). The film has been scoring strong reviews from big name critics —it’s currently rated 94% Fresh on Rotten Tomatoes— but more importantly, it stars Greta Gerwig, an incredibly talented young actress that Hollywood hasn’t quite figured out what to do with yet. She’s been cast in big budget rom coms (she was one of Natalie Portman‘s BFFs in No Strings Attached, and played the Liza Minelli role in the remake of Arthur), but Frances Ha is arguably the first film which fully showcases this naturalistic actor’s many talents. Whether you’re familiar with her work or just seeing her face for the first time right now, here are 5 Reasons Why You Shouldn’t Sleep On Greta Gerwig.
1. Big name directors believe in her.
Gerwig began her career as one of the breakout stars of the so-called “mumblecore” movement, thanks to her winning turns in films like Hannah Takes The Stairs, Baghead and House Of The Devil. Her engaging screen presence and ability to naturalistically convey complex dialog instantly turned her into an in-demand actress with auteurs like Noah Baumbach (Greenberg, Frances Ha), Woody Allen (To Rome With Love) and Whit Stillman (Damsels In Distress). If respected directors like this have got your back, chances are you’re going to be working for a long time.