EXCLUSIVE: Sally Field will star in the indie comedy Hello, My Name Is Doris, opposite New Girl’s Max Greenfield and 2 Broke Girls’ Beth Behrs. Michael Showalter will direct a script he wrote with Laura Terruso. Jack Antonoff is also part of the ensemble. Field will play an isolated 60-year old woman who is motivated by a self-help seminar to romantically pursue a younger coworker. This causes her to stumble into the spotlight of the local hipster social scene. The film is a co-production between Haven Entertainment and Red Crown, with Haven’s Jordana Mollick and Kevin Mann producing with Red Crown’s Daniela Taplin Lundberg and Riva Marker, and Daniel Crown executive producer. Haven and Red Crown teamed on Life Partners, which premiered at Tribeca.
Field is coming off The Amazing Spider-Man 2 and if Greenfield and Behrs have their eyes on feature careers after they wrap their series turns, Field is a heckuva role model. Jumping back and forth between TV and films isn’t that hard now, but it was tough when Field went from starring in Gidget and The Flying Nun to winning Oscars for Norma Rae and Places in the Heart, and getting nominated most recently for Lincoln. Showwalter produced and co-wrote Lionsgate’s They Came Together (Greenfield is part of the ensemble cast) and the director first worked with Red Crown when he wrote, directed and co-starred in The Baxter, which was released by IFC.