Doctor Who star Karen Gillan is to make her feature film debut as a leading lady in Glasgow-set indie comedy film Not Another Happy Ending which is due to start shooting next month. She plays successful writer Jane Lockhart who writes best when she's unhappy.
Karen recently wrapped a three-year stint as The Doctor’s companion – and promised that her character’s exit will be “unexpected”, as well as emotional.
French actor Stanley Weber will play Thomas Duval – the publisher to Karen’s novelist character Jane Lockhart, a passionate writer who suffers a bout of writers block on her second novel.
Here's the film's synopsis:
When a struggling publisher discovers his only successful author is blocked he knows he has to unblock her or he's finished. With her newfound success, she’s become too damn happy and he thinks she can't write when she's happy. The only trouble is, the worse he makes her feel, the more he realises he is in love with her...
Tom realises that the only way he’s going to get her to finish the novel is to make her life a misery. With the help of his best friend and cynical, child-hating high school teacher, Roddy, he sets about trying to dismantle the things in Jane’s life that make her happy.
Meanwhile, Jane’s block spirals out of control – to the point where her fictional characters, twiddling their thumbs in the not-happening novel, intrude into her real life. Her heroine, DARSIE, is terrified that Jane won’t give her the ending she desires because Jane has given up on her own happy ending. Will Tom, or Darsie, manage to get Jane writing again, and create a happy ending for everyone?
Not Another Happy Ending is produced by Claire Mundell and Wendy Griffin at Synchronicity Films, written by David Solomons, and directed by John McKay.
The film is due to start shooting in Glasgow in July.