Lia Beck
Updated Apr 09, 2020 @ 3:22 pm
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Credit: Courtesy of IFC Films

We might not be able to go to movie theaters right now, but new releases can—thankfully—come to us. On May 8th, How to Build a Girl, starring Beanie Feldstein, will be released through video on demand, bringing some much-needed new entertainment to homes across the country. For now, the first trailer is here, and it shows Feldstein taking on not one but two new roles.

Feldstein plays Johanna Morrigan, a teenager and aspiring journalist living with her family in England in the early ’90s. But after a newspaper rejects her for a job, she decides to build a new identity that involves dyed red hair, flamboyant outfits, and a different name: Dolly Wilde. Soon, Johanna/Dolly is a music critic living a much more exciting, but potentially troublesome, new life.

How to Build a Girl is based on Caitlin Moran’s book of the same name. Watch the adorably wacky trailer below:

The movie debuted at the Toronto International Film Festival in September 2019. Feldstein, Moran, director Coky Giedroyc, and co-star Alfie Allen (of Game of Thrones fame) spoke to The Hollywood Reporter at the time. Moran, who also wrote the screenplay, noted that there’s been a shift in teen movies recently. It’s something that Feldstein has played a big part in, thanks to her roles in Lady Bird, Booksmart, and, now, How to Build a Girl.

“Finally, people are realizing that girls are teenagers, too, and they do all this crazy stuff and we’re making films about them. So, this is the third in the Beanie Feldstein coming-of-age trilogy,” said Moran.

She added that the rated-R film is, “I think, probably the filthiest one,” to which Feldstein replied, “Definitely the most daring.”

It’s too bad that Feldstein’s fans probably won’t get to see How to Build a Girl in theaters, but it won’t be long until they can check out her new hairdo, English accent, and wild adventures from their own homes. May 8th can’t come soon enough.