Before taking her Golden Globe and Emmy-winning role in Hulu’s The Handmaid’s Tale and after appearing on AMC’s Mad Men — for which she was nominated for six Emmys, but never won — Elisabeth Moss teamed with indie filmmaker Alex Ross Perry on two of his films, Listen Up Phillip and Queen of Earth, the latter on which she was also a producer.
Clearly, it’s a relationship that’s working as Moss will now team with Perry for a third time, starring as a punk rocker in his new movie HER SMELL for Bow and Arrow Entertainment.
Moss will play Becky Something, a destructive punk rock star who pushes her relationships to the limits, whether it’s with her bandmates, her family or followers, as she deals with remaining sober after having huge success.
Perry wrote the script and will direct the film which is scheduled to begin production once Moss finishes filming the second season of the hit Hulu drama in the spring.
Like with Queen of Earth, Moss will act as a producer on Her Smell along with Matthew Perniciaro and Michael Sherman from Bow and Arrow, Adam Piotrowicz as well as Perry. Endeavor Content will rep sales for the film alongside Bow and Arrow.
Bow and Arrow are coming off a Sundance where two of their films, Crystal Moselle’s Skate Kitchen and Josephine Decker’s Madeline’s Madeline received quite a bit of critical acclaim.
Perry’s last film Golden Exits premiered in competition at last year’s Sundance Film Festival and is set to be released by Vertical Entertainment in New York on Feb. 9 and in L.A. a week later. It’s an ensemble drama starring former Beastie Boy Adam Horovitz, Emily Browning, Mary-Louise Parker, Lily Rabe, Jason Schwartzman, Chloë Sevigny and Analeigh Tipton.
While I was mixed on Queen of Earth, it’s really exciting to see Moss stick to her guns in terms of making smaller independent films that allow her to take on interesting roles like this one. Not sure who Perry is going to get to write the songs for her character, but it’s clearly the next step in their collaborative relationship.
Repped by WME, Ribisi Entertainment and Independent Talent Group, Moss is also set to star in the Simon (My Weekend with Marilyn) Curtis-directed Call Jane about one woman’s fight for reproductive rights.
Edward Douglas | East Coast Editor