Daryl Wein to direct and co-write script for romantic comedy
Once the poster girl for the mu mblecore movement, Greta Gerwig has graduated to studio leading lady, as the “Arthur” actress is now set to topline Daryl Wein’s romantic comedy “Lola Versus,” with Orlando Bloom in final negotiations to co-star.Fox Searchlight is in negotiations for distribution rights to the pic, which Michael London’s Groundswell Prods. is financing. Bloom and Gerwig would star alongside Zoe Lister-Jones, who co-wrote the script with helmer Wein. Gerwig will star as a woman who is dumped just weeks before her wedding by her college sweetheart (Bloom), prompting her to embark on a series of encounters in an attempt to discover her place in the world as a single woman before she turns 30. Glen Basner’s FilmNation Entertainment will be selling some foreign territories. Production is scheduled to start in June in New York. Gerwig rose to prominence in low-budget films like “LOL” and “Baghead” before Noah Baumbach cast her as Ben Stiller’s love interest in “Greenberg.” Thesp recently wrapped Whit Stillman’s indie “Damsels in Distress” and can currently be seen opposite Russell Brand in Warner Bros.’ “Arthur.” Bloom is expected to reprise his “Lord of the Rings” role as Legolas in Peter Jackson’s “The Hobbit.” He next stars as the Duke of Buckingham in Paul W.S. Anderson’s 3D adaptation of “The Three Musketeers.” Wein and Lister-Jones last collaborated on IFC’s “Breaking Upwards.” Gerwig is repped by UTA, while Bloom is repped by CAA and Brillstein Entertainment Partners. WME and Management 360 rep Wein and Lister-Jones.