Michael Cera isn’t the only child star from the Fox series Arrested Development making career moves. Do you remember Alia Shawkat? She played Mae “Maeby” Funke, the daughter of Portia Di Rossi and David Cross on the show. I haven’t seen her around lately, so I was a bit pleased to hear that she may be up for a high profile film gig. According to Latino Review the young actress may star in the upcoming punk biopic, The Runaways.
The Runaways is a drama based on the real life all girl band of the same name. It spawned well known musical acts such as Joan Jett, Lita Ford, and Micki Steele of The Bangles. The cast currently includes Kristen Stewart, Dakota Fanning, and Michael Shannon. Shawkat is up for the role of a bass player named Robin. She’s an 18 year old who is “the oldest and most feminine of the band.” The bass player was in constant rotation throughout the group’s time together, so who knows how big her part will actually be.
If Shawkat gets the role, it could be a perfect launching pad for her to gain more exposure. Unlike the majority of her co-stars she hasn’t experienced such a rise in popularity as Cera, Jason Bateman, and Will Arnett. Even the grandma from that show is on the new 90210, and Jeffrey Tambor popped up in this summer’s, The Hangover.
Do you think Shawkat would fit in with the rest of The Runaways? Do you want to see her in more films?