RICHARD LINKLATER’S MARIA SEMPLE ADAPTION CASTS NEWCOMER EMMA NELSON

Emma Nelson will make her motion picture debut in Richard Linklater’s adaptation of Maria Semples’ Where’d You Go Bernadette. After much anticipation on who would be cast as Bee, the daughter of the eponymous Bernadette, the filmmakers could not be more pleased to introduce Emma and announce her role.

Based on the novel by Maria Semple, Where’d You Go Bernadette, follows Bernadette Fox (played by Cate Blanchett), an architect-turned-recluse who goes missing just prior to a family vacation. In addition to Blanchett, Nelson plays alongside Billy Crudup, Kristen Wiig, Laurence Fishburne, Troian Bellisario and Judy Greer. Annapurna Pictures will release the film on March 22, 2019.

Emma Nelson is a multi-talented performer who prior to her casting, honed her skills in local projects. A native of the Chicago area, Emma was selected for a lead role in the pre-Broadway production of Trevor! The Musical, which was produced and directed by the renowned Marc Bruni (Beautiful-The Carol King Musical). When not performing, Emma is an active eighth grader with interests in writing, politics and singing.

The filmmakers auditioned over 500 young women for the role and began their search in Austin, Texas with Casting Director, Vicky Boone. Nelson auditioned twice before being asked to read with Blanchett and Crudup and immediately won everyone over.

“There are so many talented actors in her age range, and we saw hundreds of them for the role of Bee, but several things ultimately swayed me toward Emma. In addition to her intelligence and utter natural quality, I was most impressed with her composure, confidence and unflappability. Even though this was her first movie role, she was unintimidated,” said Linklater.

Emma has yet to announce her role in the film to anyone outside of her family and those who worked on the production. Her friends and classmates have up until this point believed she was on a leave of absence from school while the film was in production.

She is represented by Tim Weissman at Buchwald, Margot Menzel at Primary Wave Entertainment, Joe Borrasso & Lisa Morgan at Management by Morgan and Brooke Tonneman at Big Mouth Talent.

Annapurna is producing alongside Ginger Sledge and Color Force’s Nina Jacobson and Brad Simpson.

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