How to Build a Girl Trailer Starring Beanie Feldstein

IFC Films has released the official trailer for director Coky Giedroyc’s forthcoming coming-of-age comedy film adaptation of How to Build a Girl, based on English journalist Caitlin Moran’s semi-autobiographical novel of the same. The video features Golden Globe nominee Beanie Feldstein (Lady Bird, Booksmart) as a young music journalist who transforms herself into a famous rock critic Dolly Wilde. The film will arrive in theaters and on-demand on May 8. Check out the video below!

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In How to Build a Girl, Johanna Morrigan (Beanie Feldstein) is a bright, quirky, 16-year-old who uses her colorful imagination to regularly escape her humdrum life in Wolverhampton and live out her creative fantasies. Desperate to break free from the overcrowded flat she shares with her four brothers and eccentric parents, she submits an earnestly penned and off-beat music review to a group of self-important indie rock critics at a weekly magazine. Despite being brushed off initially, Johanna clamors to the top of the 90s rock music scene by reinventing herself as Dolly Wilde – a venerable, impossible-to-please music critic with an insatiable lust for fame, fortune, and men.

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It isn’t long before the rapid pace at which Johanna’s life is changing becomes overwhelming and she runs face-first into a devastatingly real, existential crisis: Is this the type of girl she wants to become? Or does she need to start over and build again from the ground up? Based on the best-selling novel by Caitlin Moran, How to Build a Girl is a sassy, sexy, and a profoundly touching coming-of-age comedy that traces the rocky road to womanhood through the lens of a unique and wildly hilarious protagonist.

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The film stars Beanie Feldstein (Lady Bird, Booksmart), Alfie Allen (Game of Thrones), Paddy Constantine (Hot Fuzz), Chris O’Dowd (Bridesmaids) and Oscar winner Emma Thompson (Love Actually). It will also feature Lily Allen, Sharon Horgan (Catastrophe), Lucy Punch (Into the Woods), Jameela Jamil (The Good Place), Frank Dillane (Harry Potter films), Joanna Scanlan (The Invisible Woman), Michael Sheen (Midnight in Paris) and Sarah Solemani (Briget Jones’s Baby).

How to Build a Girl is directed by Coky Giedroyc (Penny Dreadful, Harlots) from a screenplay written by author Caitlin Moran. It is produced by Debra Hayward and Alison Owen. It had its world premiere at the 2019 Toronto International Film Festival.

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