After a 20-year hiatus, director John Waters is returning to the film industry with Aubrey Plaza cast in the lead role.

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According to reports, John Waters, the director of Hairspray, is preparing to film his first full-length movie in 20 years, with Aubrey Plaza in the starring role.

Per World of Reel, it has been confirmed that Plaza, known for her roles in Emily the Criminal and The White Lotus, will star in Liarmouth, which is based on the 2022 novel written by Waters himself. Filming is scheduled to start in Baltimore, Maryland later this year, as it is Waters’ hometown and a frequent setting for his movies.

Titled “A Sad Love Story” and labeled by its publishers as a “darkly comical story about sex, criminal activities, and dysfunctional family dynamics,” Liarmouth focuses on Marsha Sprinkle, a grifter and habitual liar who leaves her partner Daryl and steals from her own daughter and mother. The project was initially revealed in 2022, but seems to have been pushed back due to strikes involving the writers and actors.

John Waters, the director, released his last film, a comedy called A Dirty Shame, in 2004 but it was not well received. The movie starred Tracey Ullman, Johnny Knoxville and Selma Blair. His next project, a Christmas film for children titled Fruitcake, was dropped in 2009 due to lack of funding. However, Waters’ reputation improved with the success of his Broadway production of Hairspray, a musical about teenagers and rock’n’roll that was originally released in 1988. In 2007, a film adaptation of the musical was released, starring John Travolta and Michelle Pfeiffer.

Waters made his name on the “midnight movie” circuit in the 1970s with outrageously transgressive films such as Pink Flamingos and Polyester, made with a regular cast of collaborators including Divine, Mink Stole and Cookie Mueller, before moving into the mainstream with Hairspray, Cry-Baby (starring Johnny Depp) and Serial Mom.


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