Brie Larson's performance in Short Term 12 in 2013 was nothing less than transfixing. In fact, it was so transfixing that she beat out Cate Blanchett — Oscar frontrunner Cate Blanchett — for this year's Independent Spirit Award for Best Actress. Now, Larson might be co-starring in Judd Apatow's next movie. And it seems like the perfect next step for her.
The film in question is Trainwreck, written by and starring Amy Schumer (Inside Amy Schumer) and executive produced by Apatow. It's already a huge step for Schumer — but given Larson's current momentum in Hollywood, we've got a feeling it could be just as huge for her.
Apatow is, of course, one of the biggest starmakers of the past few decades. Look at the A-list of Hollywood right now, and it's kind of astounding how many people Apatow's helped transform into household names. There's the Freaks and Geeks cast, sure — James Franco and Seth Rogen just two of the huger examples — and then there's Jonah Hill, Aubrey Plaza (her first big film role was Daisy in Funny People), and Lena Dunham (Girls exists in large part because of an email Apatow sent Dunham after seeing her first indie feature Tiny Furniture). Kristen Wiig was only in a couple of scenes in Knocked Up but it helped get her on the public's radar as an up-and-comer to watch, a momentum she helped cement in the Apatow-produced Bridesmaids. The list goes on. And on and on.
Larson's not a newbie, it should be noted: She had notable roles in Scott Pilgrim Versus The World and The Spectacular Now, and she was a regular in United States Of Tara before that.
But seriously, her critically acclaimed turn in Short Term 12 (seriously, she'll give you chills in that one) has a lot of people itching for her to be a name everyone recognizes. And this might be just the chance for that to become a reality.