Florence Pugh and Zach Braff are one of those celebrity relationships that catches you a bit off guard when you first hear about it. Braff was an often heard name in the 2000s, breaking into film with his acclaimed indie debut Garden State, while his NBC sitcom Scrubs made so many laugh through their tears. Pugh, meanwhile, is the definition of a rising star, building up quite the assortment of work the last few years, culminating with her first Oscar nomination last year for Little Women, and a big time role in the upcoming Marvel Cinematic Universe film Black Widow.
Braff previously directed Pugh in an Adobe Creative Cloud commercial back in April 2019, and now they’re teaming up for the first time on a feature film, titled A Good Person.
Deadline reports that Braff will write and direct the film, which tells the story of a woman named Allison (Pugh), who after a tragic accident forms a relationship with her would-be-father-in-law that helps her find a reason to live again.
The father-in-law character will be played by Oscar winner Morgan Freeman, reuniting with Braff after he starred in the last film Braff directed, 2017’s Going In Style. That movie was a sleeper success, making $85 million worldwide on a $25 million budget.
This is a big get for Braff, as Pugh is one of the most in-demand actresses in the business right now, as along with her MCU blockbuster she also has Olivia Wilde’s highly anticipated upcoming feature Don’t Worry Darling, which is in post-production now. It’s also been confirmed that Pugh will be reprising her MCU role of Yelena Belova in the Disney+ series Hawkeye.
After not having any movies released in 2020, Freeman also has a busy upcoming slate, including the films The Comeback Trail, co-starring Robert De Niro, Tommy Lee Jones, and (coincidentally) Zach Braff, and The Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard, starring Samuel L. Jackson, Ryan Reynolds, and Salma Hayek.