Saturday Night Live’s reigning funny lady Kristen Wiig is building quite the movie career. She stars with SNL castmate Will Forte in the upcoming MacGruber, and has an untitled bridesmaids-gone-haywire comedy in the works with Judd Apatow and Freaks and Geeks creator Paul Feig.
Now, Wiig has set her sites on playing a down-and-out clown. “The actress optioned Nicole Drake’s 2007 dark comedy novel Clown Girl with hopes to play the book’s main character, Nita.
If Wiig’s Clown Girl script stays true to the novel, viewers will see Nita in her hometown of Baloneytown, which, according to Drake’s site, is “a neighborhood so run down and penniless that drugs, balloon animals and even rubber chickens contribute to the local currency.” Nita/Clown Girl aspires to Charlie Chaplin-esque standards, “but all is not art in her life: in an effort to support herself and her under-employed performance-artist boyfriend, she is drawn into the world of paying jobs, and finds herself unwittingly turned into a ‘corporate clown,’ trapped in a cycle of meaningless, high paid gigs which veer dangerously close, then closer to prostitution.”