‘Wildcat’ follows Flannery O’Connor (played by Maya Hawke), who struggles to publish her first novel. A devout Catholic from Georgia, O’Connor was invited to the prestigious Iowa Writers’ Workshop. Famous for her offbeat short fiction about the American South and her faith, she was plagued by lupus for much of her life and died at 39. Her work continues to be read, studied, and admired, and she received posthumous acclaim, including the National Book Award. O’Connor’s notable works include two books of short stories, “A Good Man Is Hard to Find” and “Everything That Rises Must Converge,” as well as the novel “Wise Blood.”
‘Daddio’ follows a young woman (Johnson), who, after landing at JFK airport in New York City, jumps into the backseat of a yellow taxi. The cabbie, Clark, throws the vehicle into drive, and the two head out into the night, striking up the most unexpected conversation. What begins as amusing chitchat quickly takes a turn towards mysterious and playful, then grows into viscerally honest revelations about relationships, sex and power dynamics, loss, and vulnerability. This contained yet kinetic drama explores the complexities of human connection and proves that a chance encounter with a total stranger can change a person’s life.
Johnson, along with Ro Donnelly, is producing the film through their company, TeaTime Pictures, while Emma Tillinger Koskoff is also attached as a producer. Hall also produced the movie.