Aubrey Plaza, not one to be pigeonholed, will be starring in a movie without “Hand Job” in the title. She, Jake Johnson, and Mark Duplass fill out the leading cast of Safety Not Guaranteed, a film based on a classified ad-turned internet meme in which a man (presumably serious) solicited a time-travel companion with the caveat that the companion’s safety would not be guaranteed during the journey.
Johnson describes the premise as such in this correspondence with Playlist:
“It’s the story of my character who is a writer for a magazine in Seattle that decides go….and get an interview with this guy and make fun of him a little bit. And I bring one of my interns, whose Aubrey, and it’s kind of her story, meeting this guy and this guy’s effect on us and it turns into its own little world,” Johnson explained. “And Mark plays the guy the guy from the classified ad.”
Thankfully, Johnson is an actor and not the screenwriter.
The film is written and directed by Colin Tervorrow and begins production next month. Next step: interview the actual time-traveller next week and ask him if the movie is any good or not.