Based on her last couple of IMDB credits, I was starting to think that Jennifer Garner had told her agent: “From now on, please only bring me movie scripts where my kid sees an angel or my character throws her phone in a fountain after learning the true meaning of family.” But according to The Hollywood Reporter, Jennifer Garner is going back to television. And I’m sorry Sydney Bristow fans, it’s not for a show called Alias: More Aliases.
Jennifer will star in an upcoming series for HBO by Lena Dunham and Jenni Konner called Camping. Camping will be an eight-episode limited series based off the 2016 Sky Atlantic series of the same name. Production will begin sometime this spring in Los Angeles.
Jennifer Garner will play Kathryn, an uptight, controlling L.A. mom who organizes a 45th birthday weekend in the woods for her husband Walt (currently uncast). Messiness ensues when Kathryn invites a bunch of clashing personalities on their camping trip. There is also a mention of bears, but not the fun kind.
This is Lena and Jenni second project with HBO, after Girls. Jennifer confirmed the news herself on Instagram. Lena and Jenni released a statement about Jennifer Garner’s casting news, they actually managed to write a not-problematic statement.
“We love Jennifer’s restraint and comedic timing, and we can’t wait for the warmth and intelligence she’ll bring to our central character, Kathryn. It’s truly a dream to have her first on our call sheet. Now we just have to write her some stunts.”
I can only imagine the kind of “stunts” Lena has up her sleeve. The last time Lena wrote for an uptight, type-A brunette, we got Allison Williams in a truly awkward salad tossing scene. I can’t see goody-goody Neutrogena-pushing, church-going Jennifer Garner doing anything that crazy. Lena better prepare herself to be disappointed. Because the closest I could see Jennifer getting to a gross salad tossing scene is tossing some cherry tomatoes onto a salad without washing her hands first.