Magnolia Picks Up 'Life Partners' Starring Leighton Meester

'Community''s Gillian Jacobs co-stars in director Susanna Fogel's drama about two codependent friends in their late 20s whose friendship is challenged.

The Wagner/Cuban Company's Magnolia Pictures has acquired the US rights for Susanna Fogel's Life Partners following its World Premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival. The film, from Red Crown Productions and Haven Entertainment, stars Leighton Meester (Gossip Girl), Gillian Jacobs (Community), Adam Brody (Some Girl(s), The O.C.) and Gabourey Sidibe (Precious, American Horror Story: Coven). Life Partners was written by Susanna Fogel and Joni Lefkowitz, whose other collaborations include the series Chasing Life and the pilot Washingtonienne, and came out of the Sundance Screenwriters Lab.

Straight Paige (Jacobs) and lesbian Sasha (Meester) are codependent best friends in their late 20s who have spent the last ten years acting more like wives than friends: they talk to each other on the toilet; they drive each other to the doctor. And as with any good marriage, they're a perfect yin and yang. Until the night Paige meets Tim (Brody). Despite some superficial drawbacks (questionable facial hair, a penchant for quoting the movies everyone quotes), he's the kind of guy you marry. As Paige and Tim's relationship grows, the bond between Paige and Sasha inevitably shifts. Suddenly without a "partner," Sasha is left to examine her own shortcomings and panic about her impending 30th birthday. Passive-aggressive conflict brews in their friendship until the girls must finally confront the question they've been avoiding: can their friendship survive growing up?

Producer Jordana Mollick had this to say in a statement about Magnolia picking up the film.

"It has been such a privilege to work with Red Crown in making Life Partners, a film that we are all so proud of. We are thrilled that Magnolia shares our passion and are excited to join such a dynamic team on the release of the movie."

Magnolia President Eamonn Bowles had this to say in his statement.

"Susanna is a great comedic talent, and we are so happy to be bringing her film to audiences."

Life Partners comes to theaters in 2014 and stars Leighton Meester, Gillian Jacobs, Simone Bailly, Adam Brody, Matthew Cardarople, Kelsey Cooke, Giselle DaMier, Rosanna DeSoto. The film is directed by Susanna Fogel.



Sources: Magnolia Pictures

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