Saoirse Ronan breaks from small town cage in first trailer for Greta Gerwig’s directorial debut ‘Lady Bird’

Greta Gerwig has had an incredibly successful acting and writing career, working on scripts with Noah Baumbach for Frances Ha and Mistress America, among others, and delivering wonderful performances in those films as well as, most recently, in 20th Century Women. And now, Gerwig is stepping behind the camera for her directorial debut Lady Bird, which is a semi-autobiographical story following Christine “Lady Bird” McPherson (Saoirse Ronan) as a high school senior trying to leave Northern California for the East Coast. A24 released the first trailer for Lady Bird today.

The film premiered at Telluride this past Friday, where many critics hailed it as their favorite of the Colorado film festival, which also played host to films like HostilesFirst They Killed My Father, Battle of the SexesThe Shape of Water and Darkest Hour. Variety has even posited Ronan as, currently, one of the stronger contenders for Best Lead Actress.

Lady Bird also stars Laurie Metcalf as McPherson’s mother — a central role as many are calling this a mother-daughter story, and praising Metcalf for her work — Tracy Letts as her father, Lucas Hedges as a good friend and Timothée Chalamet as a love interest. The film is set to screen at the Toronto International Film Festival later this week as well as at New York Film Festival in October before releasing on November 10.

Saoirse Ronan recently started filming the Beau Willimon written, Josie Rourke directed Mary, Queen of Scots, which is eyeing a 2018 premiere and also stars Margot Robbie and David Tennant. Greta Gerwig will provide voice work for Wes Anderson’s animated project Isle of Dogs, which will hit the big screen on March 23, 2018. A24 has a fairly full slate this fall/winter with The Florida ProjectThe Killing of a Sacred Deer and The Disaster Artist all set to release.

Featured image via A24.