Kristen Wiig options 'Clown Girl.' Is she on her way to becoming a big-screen A-lister?

Kristen-wiigImage Credit: Mathew Imaging/WireImage.comIn case you didn’t see the news as reported on Deadline yesterday, Kristen Wiig has optioned Monica Drake’s 2007 novel Clown Girl, which follows a clown who “tries to resist the potentially lucrative prostitution trade involving clown fetishists.” Okay, first of all, let’s address the elephant in the room: This sounds bananas. (And strangely intriguing, right?) But add this new project to the actress’ untitled bridesmaid-centric film — and the upcoming MacGruber — and it seems Wiig is on schedule to transform herself from Saturday Night Live player to big-screen A-lister.

I know that many of you are reacting to this statement with a giant “Ugh.” After all, you don’t have to look hard for Wiig detractors — take a peek at the comment board attached to any of Ken Tucker’s Saturday Night Live recaps, and it’s obvious plenty of viewers have grown tired of Wiig and the outlandish characters that made her famous on the NBC show. (Target Lady, Gilly, and Penelope, to name just a few.)

If you ask me, film has been a medium in which Wiig has shined. Out of the SNL confines, Wiig has been able to stretch past larger-than-life characters, and do what she does best: play understated. Remember waaay back in 2007, when Wiig stole Knocked Up after just a few minutes on-screen? And though many of you didn’t see Whip It, the actress managed to cradle serious and silly, turning a secondary character named “Maggie Mayhem” into a graceful, relatable scene-stealer. To me, Wiig should take a page from fellow SNL vet, Adam Sandler. After all, the comedian has proven that restrained (The Wedding Singer, Big Daddy, and yes, even Happy Gilmore fits here) hits far better than off-the-wall (Little Nicky, The Waterboy).

Do you see Wiig becoming a big-screen A-lister, PopWatchers?

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  • Brett

    Female A-List SNL alums? The last one to come close to the “A-List” was Gilda Radner. Since then, we’ve seen everyone from Julia Sweeney and Molly Shannon to Tina Fey and Amy Poehler attempt a successful transition to the big screen; so far, none has been all that successful.

    • JayMarsh

      Are you high?

      While I can’t come up with a list right now of other women, Tina Fey completely qualifies as someone who has made a VERY successful transition to the A-list. You can credit 30 Rock, Mean Girls, Baby Mama to a very small degree and Date Night opening at number two as validation. Golden Globes, Emmys and SAGs to boot. Without question, she’s A-List, but thanks for playing.

      • SoonerGirl

        I 100% agree JayMarsh! I love Tina Fey.

  • OMGq

    I hope she’s able to do it – I thought she was really great in Whip It.

  • Madd

    IMO the only actress who can get away with playing a clown-like character was Giulietta Masina in La Strada.

  • Tommy

    I can’t really see her becoming A-list. I’m trying to picture her acting against George Clooney or Angelina Jolie. Not gonna happen.

    • SHizztar

      Dude, there are more A-list actors than Clooney and Jolie-Pitt, and their acting styles are completely different. you are only listing action/drama stars.

  • Delon

    I have not grown tired seeing Wiig on SNL and i’ve seen Whip It!(which is a wonderful movie), too(she was also in Adventureland). So, yes she can make it big on silverscreen.

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  • SoonerGirl

    I love Kristen Wiig. But, I think SNL has overused her. For a while there they weren’t giving any other women much screen time. But, the movies I’ve seen with her have been great performances! I loved her in Knocked Up and Whip It! She was also in Extract (a Mike Judge film).

  • God I hope not. I’m tired of her being shoved down our throats.

  • jeffrey bryan

    Love love LOVE Kristin Wiig. One of the funniest ladies around right now.

  • Mel

    Wiig is amazing when she’s not being shoved down our throats. Her performance in Whip It really sold me on her as an actress. She’s great in every movie she does and I like her so much more when I’m not watching her change wigs and voices for an hour.

  • Danneel

    I love Wiig, I’ve always thought she was amazing (since the Joe Schmo days). I definitely think SNL relies on her because she’s their most talented performer but that’s not her fault. She is fantastic in films like Whip It, Knocked Up, and Ghost Town.

  • JD

    She definitely has the comedy skills perfect for SNL – she’s brilliant.
    How she makes the transition will be interesting to see. I am rooting for her to do well on the big screen.

  • Bowser

    Dana Carvey and Kristen Wiig are incredible talents who can do anything they decided they want. Once you can make the outrageous interesting, the more nuanced is simple.

  • Froste

    **** A-List
    Kristen wiig is awesome, she doesn’t need to be ” A-List ” She’s on here own list.
    damn, and same wtih tina fey and amy poehler, mostly fey though..
    god i love tina fey.. (And 30 rock) sooooo mmuch..
    not much i can say about these supposed ” A-listers ”
    that’s all.

    • Froste

      her* lol

  • Stephanie T.

    By herself, Kristen Wiig rips off What Catherine O’Hara did in the late 70’s and early 80’s with SCTV except the second time around, it is not funny. In an ensamble she can act very well. I liked her performance in Date Night.

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