“West Wing” actress Allison Janney is maintaining momentum in the film world after a star turn as a young ice-skater’s mom in “I, Tonya.”
Under the direction of Anna Foerster of “Outlander” and “Jessica Jones” fame, Allison Janney is to play a landlord turned manhunter in “Lou.”
Janney’s character teams up with the young mother of a kidnapped girl to track down the missing child and her kidnapper, the girl’s estranged father, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
TheWrap provides additional details: Janney’s character is a tough, elderly woman, living on a remote island, and the young woman with the missing daughter is one of her neighbors.
Both describe the older lady as a tough-skinned rulebreaker who proves a skilled tracker; THR notes that “Lou” is being pitched as a tonal mix between “Thelma and Louise” and “Taken.”
It was written by Maggie Cohn, who was involved with “American Crime Story”‘s 2018 Gianni Versace season, and has an adaptation of JP Delaney novel “The Girl Before” on Ron Howard’s directorial to-do list.
Having played press secretary CJ Cregg over seven years of political drama “The West Wing,” Janney has kept up her TV work with cast roles in series like “Mr. Sunshine,” “Phineas and Ferb,” “Masters of Sex” and, most prominently, family romcom “Mom.”
Recent film roles have included “Minions” and “Finding Dory,” “The Girl on the Train,” “Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children,” and “I, Tonya,” the last of which won Janney 2018’s Oscar for Best Supporting Actress.