According to Splitsider, Aubrey Plaza and Elizabeth Olsen have signed on to star in Ingrid Goes West, an “edgy” comedy about a woman who is obsessed with a social-media star. Plaza (Mike And Dave Need Wedding Dates) will portray Ingrid, a woman determined to befriend Taylor a woman played by Olsen (Captain America: Civil War) whose social-media accounts promise a picture-perfect life. Instead of realizing that for every beautiful picture on Instagram there are dozens of discarded images with bad lighting or someone’s landlord rapping on a window in the background and demanding money, Ingrid buys into the fantasy and moves West to meet her online idol in the flesh.
Hopefully this synopsis is a bit reductive and the main character isn’t this stupid, or maybe the film wears its “edgy” descriptor proudly and Ingrid is a delusional, dangerous person who won’t stop until she comes face to face with the object of her obsession. We suppose it wouldn’t be too difficult to track down social-media stars in real life, since they constantly promote their favorite spots—and sometimes it’s just a coincidence that you end up writing articles across the street from Kim Kardashian’s preferred Tuesday yoga spot.
The film will mark the directorial debut of Matt Spicer, who co-wrote the script with David Branson Smith, a producer on the underappreciated Enlightened and the 2013 web series Bad Sports. If this film is anything like Enlightened, the meeting between the social-media maven and her biggest fan will probably be as awkward as possible. But slap a Mayfair filter on that moment, and no one would guess anything’s wrong.