In a very big bit of "Heck yes!" news, the next project for Big Little Lies actor Kathryn Newton will be starring in The Pact. Set to be a female-led film directed by Girlboss and Pitch Perfect writer Kay Cannon, The Pact could be the female-centric teen sex comedy to end all female-centric teen sex comedies. Even better, it will give Newton the much-deserved platform she needs to give us more of that dry teen wit and snark that we got to bask in when she played rebellious teen Abigail on Big Little Lies. Basically, this is a majorly exciting project and you need to keep your eye on it. Like, starting right now.
Let's face it: we need female-led teen sex comedies. I'm not saying I want to fetishize teenage sexuality, but rather equalize how we portray young women in their awkward teen pushes to lose their V-card. If teen comedies like American Pie and Superbad can stand the test of time in the canon of teen guys looking to get laid, then why not let women have their chance to have some of that sex comedy cake and eat it, too?
Enter: The Pact. According to Deadline, The Pact "has been set with [upcoming actors] Gideon Adlon and Geraldine Viswanathan for the daughter roles in Point Grey Pictures/Universal’s comedy The Pact, which revolves around three parents who discover their daughters’ pact to lose their virginity at prom."
The parents in question will be reportedly played by Leslie Mann, Ike Barinholtz, and John Cena. This is, frankly, a line-up so good I literally couldn't have imagined, but now find very enticing. Between these three comedic heavy-hitters and newcomers Newton, Adlon, and Viswanathan coming in to give them a run for their money, I can only imagine what kind of hilarity will ensue.
Make no mistake: The Pact could be a big breaker of barriers when it comes to giving the same attention, wit, and intellect to female sexuality in the comedic arena that we've given to male teen sex comedies. Just as older women in films like Bridesmaids or the upcoming Rough Night are getting the day in the comedy-soaked sun to examine to potentially rough and rowdy lives of women, The Pact could do the same for teenage girls, too.