Brie Larson to make her directorial debut with ‘Unicorn Store’

Brie Larson. Photo: Magnus Sundholm for the HFPA.

Brie Larson to make her directorial debut with ‘Unicorn Store’

We all have actors and actresses that we love for one reason or another but Brie Larson has been a personal favorite of mine long before Room made her a household name. The first time I saw Brie Larson was in film Sleepover back in 2004. After that, I started following her career and watched her grow as an actress. She has amazing in the underrated and overlooked Showtime series United States of Tara as well as several roles in smaller indie films including GreenbergTanner Hall, and Rampart. I was amazed that after starring in so many great projects that Larson was somehow still not a household name.

I met Brie Larson twice in my life time and I am hoping that sometime soon, there will be a third. The first time I met her was very casual and brief where I just walked up to her after a screening and told her that I liked her as an actress and that I wish her continued success. The second time that I met Brie Larson was truly special and will be one of those unique celebrity encounters that I will remember for the rest of my life. It was at SXSW at the Hilton right after the premiere of Short Term 12 the evening before. My buddy Gabe and I sat in an empty room with the entire cast of the film with Larson dead center. The interview didn’t start right away but instead we just all sat around and talked.

While everyone was incredibly friendly that day, Larson always stood out because she came off as incredibly humble and genuine. She asked me about my life and what I wanted to do. She talked to me about making a film on a personal level. She and I talked about my dream of one day making a documentary. I felt a real connection to Larson as if it she and I were just two friends talking and I never felt that way while talking to a famous person prior to that day. It really made me feel special and even more so like Larson actually cared and wanted to know about who I was and what made me tick. This wasn’t an actress that was just had to do her job and go home for the day. She really wanted to connect with the person she talked to and I truly appreciated that.

With that being said, I still think to this day believe that Larson was robbed for not getting a nomination for Short Term 12. The We Live Film staff members did an entire campaign during award season using the hashtag #BrieLarsonForBestActress hoping to get our voices heard. I am happy though that only three years later, Larson has an Oscar and Golden Globe for her role as Ma in Room. After her multiple Award wins, I knew Larson would finally become a household name and sure enough she will be starring in the upcoming Kong: Skull Island and will now star as Captain Marvel in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

While all that is rather exciting, I find the more exciting news about Larson’s future career broke this morning. Brie Larson will be making her directorial debut with a smaller indie project entitled Unicorn Store. The film is based on an original screenplay by Samantha McIntyre. The plot will focus on a woman named Kit who moves back home to live with her parents only to discover a mysterious invitation to a store that will “test her ideas of what it really means to grow up.”

Larson is set to direct the film but will also star in it as well. There is no confirmation as of yet that she will be the lead but many are already stating that she will. For those who are unfamiliar with Larson’s career, she has already co-directed and co-wrote in a short film that went on to win a Special Jury Prize at Sundance in 2012. Even though it may not seem like it, 2012 was a huge year for Larson because it was the same year that Short Term 12 was released and won the big prize at SXSW as well. Her short film, The Arm can be viewed on Vimeo by visiting

Seeing a person like Larson become such a big name is rather bittersweet. I always look back at that interview with her with such fond memories and now, she’s going to be the star of her own big budget franchise. I’m so happy for her yet I am kind of sad that those small and quiet interviews with Larson have more than likely become a thing of the past. I don’t feel Larson will ever change as a person but I will miss being to interact with her without everyone else wanting to talk to her because of who she is now rather where she came from. I am beyond delighted to here that she is not only working with Destin Daniel Cretton again but is directing her own independent film. I feel that Larson will always remember where she came from and love that she is still taking on projects and roles in the indie world. Brie Larson is a force of nature that pretty much can do it all. I hope one day soon we cross paths again in person so I can tell her to her face how happy I am for her and how I always supported her before she became the next big thing. 


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