Screenwriter Liz Hannah burst onto the scene with her historical drama script co-written with Josh Singer (Spotlight). After it made an impact on the screenplay survey site The Black List, the screenplay ended up in the hands of director Steven Spielberg. A couple years later, The Post earned Hannah and Singer Best Screenplay nominations at the Golden Globes as well as Oscar nominations for Best Film and another Best Actress nod for Meryl Streep. Hannah’s portion of the screenplay gave a voice to the film’s quiet heroine, Streep’s Kay Graham who yearned to protect her family’s newspaper and its integrity.
In 2019, Hannah added two projects to her growing writing filmography. One was the second season of the critically acclaimed Netflix series Minhunter, and the other was a refreshing take on the romantic-comedy. One centered in the harsh and complex world of politics. That film was this summer’s Long Shot, starring Charlize Theron and Seth Rogen.
Directed by Jonathan Levine (50/50, Snatched), Long Shot is the story of guerrilla journalist Fred Flarsky (Rogen) and his reunion with his childhood crush Charlotte Field (Theron), who is eyeing a presidential run. Having lost his job due to a corporate takeover, Flarsky decides to take on a position in Field’s campaign as her speechwriter. As the two bond and reminisce on the old days, the friendship eventually develops into something more–something that could threaten her Oval Office hopes.
Co-written by Hannah and Dan Sterling (The Interview, The Sarah Silverman Program), the script flips the leads by placing the woman in the position of power and the man in search of happiness, both professionally and personally. It presents a hopeful romance in the world of politics, providing a witty social commentary on the current political atmosphere–while leaving plenty of hilarious adult humor to proudly earn that R-rating. Theron and Rogen share an undeniable chemistry. Theron shows she’s comfortable delivering dirty humor alongside her Oscar-winning dramatic chops, while Rogen easily embodies the deep-in-love admirer of the girl who stole his heart decades before. These two are surrounded by the exquisite talents of June Diane Raphael, O’Shea Jackson, Jr., Ravi Patel, Bob Odenkirk, Andy Serkis, Randall Park, and Alexander Skarsgaard, making the film a tour-de-force of thespian magic.
If you have HBO or know someone who does, make Long Shot required viewing. It’s the perfect film for the looking for love, laughs, and a slight critique of today’s ideological differences.
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