Kristen Wiig’s Nonconformist Drama, ‘Nasty Baby,’ Is Dark And Funny [Videos]

Kristen Wiig may be best known for her comedy roles and sketches, but when the New York-born actress does step drama — which we must admit happens only intermittently — she generally manages to accentuate her performance to another level.

This time it is no different, of course. The trailer of Kristen Wiig’s next drama, Nasty Baby, is out and its nonconformist tone is turning plenty of heads. The movie, which made its premiere at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival earlier this year, is directed by Chilean director Sebastian Silva, who last made it into Sundance in 2013 with two incredibly different and unconventional films: Crystal Fairy and Magic, Magic.

For those who are familiar with Silva’s films, they will know that he takes particular pleasure in creating awkward social situations in his movies, both for his characters and his audiences, and Nasty Baby appears to follow suit. The movie tells the tale of two best friends Polly (Kristen Wiig) and Freddy (Sebastian Silva), who one day decide to create a baby. Yes, create it. But when they find out Freddy’s sperm isn’t up to scratch, only two options present themselves in front of them: they can either turn to Freddy’s younger brother, Chino (Agustin Silva), or his shy partner, Mo (Tunde Adebimpe).

In their review of Nasty Baby, Variety made the following observation about the movie.

“If there’s one thing to love about ‘Nasty Baby’ — it’s the color-blind, just-accept-it attitude toward this wonderfully nonstandard fertility exercise. A decade or two earlier, a white female nurse, a gay black carpenter and his (potentially illegal) Chilean lover would have had a nearly impossible time trying to make a baby between them, but these days, the film’s strange pseudo-family is just about the hippest group of would-be parents you can find around.”

That comes with Silva’s dominion — he is known for making progressive dramas, but Nasty Baby appears to have gone one step further in its rancorous nonconformity. For Kristen Wiig, however, it is almost unchartered territory. Though she has appeared in the occasional indie drama — The Skeleton Twins, for example — Kristen Wiig is pretty much a mainstream actress, and it would be interesting to see how she fares in this one.

According to Collider, apart from Nasty Baby, Kristen Wiig has a long list of films lined up in the next few months. Having already appeared alongside Will Ferrell in the TV movie A Deadly Adoption, and also in the hugely lauded The Diary of A Teenage Girl, which released earlier this month, Kristen Wiig will also be seen in Ridley Scott’s next sci-fi, The Martian, alongside Matt Damon and Jessica Chastain. She will reprise her comedic talents in the supernatural comedy Ghostbusters in early 2016, to be directed by Paul Feig.

Nasty Baby hits theaters on October 23. Will you be there to see Kristen Wiig in her new role?

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