Ellen Burstyn discusses new film “Queen Bees”

Queen Bees is a comedy film. The director is Michael Lembeck. It is based on a story by Harrison Powell and a screenplay by Donald Martin.

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Cast

Ellen Burstyn (Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore) as Helen Wilson
Jane Curtin (Kate & Allie, 3rd Rock From the Sun) as Janet Poindexter
Loretta Devine as Sally Hanson
Ann-Margret as Margot Clark
Christopher Lloyd (Taxi, Back to the Future) as Arthur Lane
James Caan (The Godfather) as Dan Simpson
Alec Mapa as Lito Santos
French Stewart as Ken DeNardo
Matthew Barnes as Peter Crane
Ricky Russert as Pablo Leon
Elizabeth Mitchell as Laura Crane
Matt Lewis as Larry
Marianne Muellerleile as Anne Rothstein
Bob Amaral as Next Door Neighbor
Courtney Gains as Biker
Linda Boston as Woman with Walker #1
Peggy Walton-Walker as Woman with Walker #2
Stephanie Dunnam as Woman with Casserole #1
Andrea Frye as Woman with Casserole #2
Cindy Hogan as Elizabeth

Synopsis

The movie follows independent senior Helen (Ellen Burstyn). She moves into a nearby retirement community. Once inside Pine Grove Senior Community, she encounters lusty widows, cutthroat bridge tournaments and a hotbed of bullying “mean girls”. She hasn’t seen this since high school. Somewhere between flower arranging and water aerobics, Helen discovers that it’s never too late to make new friends and maybe even a new love.

Ellen Burstyn discusses her character “Helen”

It’s not too often I get to do a love story or a comedy, so I loved those elements. It was fun to play this spunky, strong lady who is in unfamiliar circumstances and not really comfortable there. And then she falls in love.

Ann-Margret discusses her character “Margot”

My character Margot has been married five times and she is looking for number six. She doesn’t like being alone. Margot has set her sights on Arthur (Christopher Lloyd). He is kind and funny and she goes all out in her pursuit of him.

Jane Curtin discusses her character “Janet”

You always want to play the villain. The good girl is never as interesting. The Queen Bees are bound together by the power they wield. That has kept Janet going because she has no other friends and her family ignores her. Her life hasn’t turned out the way she wanted so she has become defensive, angry and judgmental. She attacks first as a form of self-defense. When Helen arrives and seems to go through life effortlessly, being kind and warm and making friends easily, it’s tough for Janet. She feels like she is losing her group and her grip, and she has to work to let that barrier down.

Loretta Devine discusses her character “Sally Hanson”

Sally is a complete character and that was important to me. She has lost her husband and is struggling with a second bout of cancer. Staying active and engaged is what keeps her going.

James Caan discusses his character “Dan”

When you get older, it’s not so much about sexual attraction and ripping each other’s clothes off. It’s a different kind of chemistry, and these two have it. At the beginning, she is very proper and a bit of a fuddy-duddy. Dan tells her outrageous stories until she has to know that he’s full of crap and he keeps going until she slowly starts laughing at the absurdity of what he’s saying. It becomes very attractive to her. He is doing whatever he can to be funny and charming and win Helen’s trust.

Christopher Lloyd discusses his character “Arthur”

He has a reputation as a bit of a lover around campus and when he meets Margot, they click. But Arthur has some of the issues that come with age and he is hiding them. When Margot finds out, it’s kind of poignant and it brings them closer.

Release date

It will be available on on June 11, 2021.

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