Kat Dennings to Compete Against Herself with Thor and Daydream Nation
04.13.11 by Ryan
Kat Dennings will appear in her first, big budget, comic book movie adaptation this May with Thor, but isn't stepping away entirely from the smaller budget and indie movies she's acted in like 2009's Defendor and 2005's Charlie Bartlett. In fact, opening the exact same day as Thor is Daydream Nation, Mike Goldbach's (Childstar) directorial debut that has Dennings playing a girl who moves to a small town and starts a romance with a fellow student (Reece Thompson) and her teacher (Joshua Lucas).
In a conversation with Canadian site Straight, Goldbach revealed that Dennings was critical to scoring financing for the movie and landing the rest of the cast.
Once she attached herself, other actors came running. She's wonderful and people love her, and once Kat was on the movie, they understood what kind of movie we were trying to make.
Lucas admitted to The Canadian Press that it was Dennings involvement that convinced him to appear in the movie. That, and a tight timeline that gave the actor only a few hours to decide whether to join or pass.
Suddenly I got a call Christmas Eve night saying, "Do you want to do this movie? You have eight hours to decide." For some reason, I was intrigued enough by the name and particularly because Kat Dennings was involved that I thought, "I'll take a look at it." And then I was like, "Wow, this is really, really good."
As for Dennings, the actress admits she was drawn to the Daydream Nation script because of her character of Caroline, whom Dennings describes as "a weirdo."
I don't even view her as a teenager — she's just more like a weirdo. I kind of fell in love with her a little bit preparing for this just because her loneliness and her intelligence really appealed to me. She gambles with people's emotions and it all stems from her being completely unsure of who she is and (her) trying to figure it out but she's doing it through other people (and) that's hurtful.
See what Dennings is talking about in the trailer below.