Kristen Wiig and Bill Hader Sparkle in New ‘Skeleton Twins’ Trailer
Kristen Wiig is back on the big screen and reuniting with Saturday Night Live castmate Bill Hader in the official trailer for their latest film The Skeleton Twins. The two, who have played mother and son and husband and wife in the past, now play a pair of depressed twins, Maggie and Milo, who are forced to reunite after a decade of estrangement due to extreme circumstances.
In the film, Maggie and Milo come face-to-face for the first time in ten years after each twins tries—and fails—to commit suicide. Maggie is struggling to stay on the same page with her husband Lance (Luke Wilson), who desperately wants kids. Meanwhile, Milo is a gay man dealing with a non-existent acting career and the aftermath of a tumultuous relationship with a former lover (Ty Burrell). During their time together, the two begin to take a closer look at their relationships and lies and are surprised to learn that they may get along better than expected.
The R-rated film, out in theaters on September 19, won the Waldo Salt Screenwriting Award in the U.S. Dramatic category at Sundance for Mark Heyman and Craig Johnson, who also directed the flick. But while the movie marks a significantly more serious turn for both actors, there are still plenty of funny moments in the trailer, including a can’t-miss, hilarious scene featuring the two lip-synching to Starship’s “Nothing Gonna Stop Us Now.”
Not to mention, the chemistry between Hader and Wiig is undeniable. Even while taking on more dramatic issues like suicide and infidelity, the two sparkle in a way that’s more than enough to make fans of either actor want to go see the movie.
While Wiig and Hader surely have their own loyal fan base—cultivated over years of SNL collaborations–to count on, the film will face at least one tough competitor at the box office. According to Deadline, the movie hits theaters the same day as This Is Where I Leave You, another dramedy that also features both comedic and dark undertones and stars a fellow SNL veteran, Tina Fey, alongside Jason Bateman, Rose Byrnes, and Girls’ Adam Driver.
Still, if the cinematic history of Wiig and Hader implies anything for the stars’ current projects, the two have nothing to worry about. Wiig co-wrote and starred in 2011 rom-com Bridemaids, which went on to gross over $288 million worldwide and passed Katherine Heighl’s Knocked Up to become Judd Apatow’s top-grossing production to date. Meanwhile, Hader proved he could take his comedic capabilities to the big screen in 2007 comedy Superbad, which grossed over $169 million at the box office. He has also voiced a character in animated flick Cloudy With A Chance of Meatballs.
Of course, the material in each of these past films is significantly more in-your-face funny than even the most lighthearted moments in The Skeleton Twins. But if any actors have the performance chops to turn this movie into an unexpected hit, it’s Wiig and Hader, particularly as a pair.