Mary Warner: According to Variety, Winona Ryder will reunite with director Michael Lehmann on the independent comedy Mary Warner.
Ryder will play a slacker actress who trips her way through a series of life-changing misadventures after eating a batch of marijuana-laced brownies made by her stoner roommate. Michael London and Jane Garnett are producing the film, scheduled to begin shooting in L.A. on Jan. 15.
It's Ryder's first true lead role since she was sidetracked by a trial and shoplifting conviction. Trying to regain career momentum, Ryder chose a script reminiscent of her career-making dark comedy Heathers, and recruited that film's director. The script was written by actor Dylan Haggerty, Lehmann said.
"It's more like a dysfunctional 'Ferris Bueller's Day Off' than a stoner movie because the humor and characters are as much layered and sophisticated as visual," Lehmann said. "It is a good choice for Winona, who hasn't really done comedy since 'Heathers,' and is very good at it."