Exclusive Video Interview: Katie Aselton on Directing Diane Keaton in ‘Mack & Rita’

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Katie Aselton is an accomplished actress who has delivered memorable performances in TV series like The League, Togetherness, and Legion. She has also stepped behind the camera to write and direct the dramatic comedy The Freebie and the thriller Black Rock. For her third feature as director, Aselton isn’t the screenwriter or the star, helming the story of a young writer (Elizabeth Lail) whose desire to embrace her inner old soul finds her waking up in the body of a seventy-year-old woman (Diane Keaton).

I had the chance to speak with Aselton about working on someone else’s script without being in the cast, getting to direct the iconic Diane Keaton, and having a whole group of female comedy legends in the cast.

You can watch the video above, and read below for an official summary and where to watch.

Mack and Rita
Clockwise from left: Amy Hill, Wendie Malick, Lois Smith, and Loretta Devine in Mack & Rita. Courtesy of Gravitas Premiere.

Film summary:

When 30-year-old self-proclaimed homebody Mack Martin (Elizabeth Lail) reluctantly joins a Palm Springs bachelorette trip for her best friend Carla (Taylour Paige), her inner 70-year-old is released — literally. The frustrated writer and influencer magically transforms into her future self: “Aunt Rita” (Oscar®-winner Diane Keaton).  Freed from the constraints of other people’s expectations, Rita comes into her own, becoming an unlikely social media sensation and sparks a tentative romance with Mack’s adorable dog-sitter, Jack (Dustin Milligan). A sparkling comedy with a magical twist, Mack & Rita celebrates being true to yourself at any age.

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Mack and Rita opens theatrically on Friday, August 12th.

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