It's a good year so far for Kristen Bell, as the Kickstarter campaign to reboot "Veronica Mars" reached its goal last week. Focus Features' alternative distribution outlet Focus World has partnered with Screen Media Films in acquire U.S. rights to Sundance entry "The Lifeguard."
The directorial debut of TV writer Liz W. Garcia, "The Lifeguard" stars Bell ("House of Lies"), Mamie Gummer ("Side Effects") and Martin Starr (who previously collaborated with Bell on TV's late "Party Down"). Also joining the cast is Oscar-nominee Amy Madigan (1985’s "Twice in a Lifetime").
Almost-thirtysomething Leigh (Bell) uproots her life as a reporter in New York and returns hometown Connecticut. There, she resumes the suburban life she left behind: living with her parents, hanging out with old friends who never left (Starr and Gummer), working as a lifeguard like she did in high school, where she was once the valedictorian. But her simple life takes a twisted turn as she begins an affair with a 16-year-old boy (David Lambert).
Focus World and Screen Media Films will distribute "The Lifeguard" in theaters and on digital platforms this summer.