Natasha Lyonne and Jamie Babbit to team up again in “Fresno”


Grab your pom-poms, because it’s time to start cheering. Fifteen years after working together on the beloved lesbian film But I’m a Cheerleader, Emmy nominee Natasha Lyonne and director Jamie Babbit are joining forces again in the new film Fresno. Actress Judy Greer (Jawbreaker, Arrested Development), who currently appears on FX’s Married, also stars.

Natasha Lyonne

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Here’s the scoop, according to Deadline, who broke the story:

The comedy follows lonely but stoic lesbian Martha (Lyonne), whose sister Shannon (Greer), a sex addict with no impulse control and a long history of poor decisions, winds up back in Fresno cleaning hotel rooms with her. When they accidentally kill a guest, the sisters are forced to confront their unpleasant co-dependent relationship.

Judy Greer

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This is just one more exciting development in Natasha Lyonne’s triumphant comeback. In addition to her scene-stealing role as Nicky Nichols in Orange is the New Black, which garnered her an Emmy nomination, it was recently announced that she’ll also be appearing in the upcoming film Meadowland alongside Olivia Wilde and Elizabeth Moss.

Jamie Babbit

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Jamie Babbit, who is an out queer woman herself, also brought us the lesbian flicks Itty Bitty Titty Committee and Breaking the Girls. Babbit has also had an incredibly successful career as a television director and worked on dozens of shows including Pretty Little Liars, Married, Gilmore Girls, Rizzoli and Isles, Drop Dead Diva.

Also involved in Fresno is Portlandia and Community scribe Karey Dornetto. Andrea Sperling, who also shares two children with Babbit, will produce. Sperling has worked on many indie films including But I’m a Cheerleader, D.E.B.S. and Sympathy for Delicious.