The upcoming dramedy Please Stand By sees Dakota Fanning as Wendy, an autistic Star Trek fan who absconds from a group home to try and get her whopping 500 page fan script to Los Angeles to enter it into a writing competition.
Written by Michael Golamco and based on his own play, Please Stand By is directed by veteran Australian filmmaker Ben Lewin whose next film, The Catcher Was a Spy, is premiering at Sundance next year. Co-starring Toni Collette, Alice Eve, Patton Oswalt, and Jessica Rothe, it looks like a tragicomic examination of the importance fandom can have for the marginalised, giving them agency and a sense of acceptance in a mean world. Check out the scene where Oswalt’s amiable cop talks Wendy down in Klingon – that’s beautiful.
Please Stand By is getting a US release on January 26, 2018 – hopefully Australia will be getting it sometime around then, too.