Grandma stars Lily Tomlin, which is all anyone needs to know before laying their money down at a theater box office. The film release date is August 21.
Tomlin plays Elle Reid, who just lost her longtime partner, Val. Her 18 year old granddaughter Sage (Julia Garner) appears one day asking for help. The two embark on a money gathering journey together which is mind expanding for both of them.
The cast is remarkable: Marcia Gay Harden, Judy Greer, Laverne Cox, Elizabeth Peña, John Cho and Sam Elliott. That’s writer director Paul Weitz in the middle of the photo. Missing from the photo are Marcia Gay Harden and Elizabeth Peña, who was one of my all-time-favorite actresses. I have my fingers crossed Peña had a nice juicy part in this film, we don’t even get a peek at her in the trailer.
The film has been described as a humorous drama and a family drama with a wallop.
In an interview during Sundance, Tomlin said, “I think it’s a lot like me. It’s the least I efforted to do something,” said Tomlin of the role. “Usually people get me because they think I’ll make a character. And I just left it like it was, natural and easy.” She wears her own clothes and drives her own car in the film, a 1955 Dodge Royal Lancer.