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Amy Poehler Is Directing & Starring in a Movie Set in Wine Country & I’ve Never Related to Her More

I don’t know about you, but one of my favorite examples of Hollywood friendships is the group of women that starred on Saturday Night Light in the early-to-mid 2000s. Amy Poehler, Tina Fey, Rachel Dratch, Maya Rudolph and Ana Gasteyer dominated the cast in this time period, delivering sassy “Weekend Update” clapbacks and legendary characters such as Debbie Downer in a way that assured girls that there is no shame in being funny. Having worked with the other women several times since SNL​, Poehler has now given the group a reason to reunite. Refinery29 says that she will direct and star in a new Netflix comedy Wine Country, and the other former SNL ladies are already locked in to join the cast. Um, yes, please!

As originally confirmed by The Hollywood Reporter, Poehler, Dratch, Gasteyer, Rudolph, and Fey will form the film’s core cast. Former SNL writers Paula Pell and Emily Spivey join them in the movie, which Spivey co-wrote with past SNL employee Liz Cackowski. The women will play a group of longtime friends who visit Napa for the weekend to celebrate a 50th birthday. 

If you were already planning a girls’ night to watch the film, there are even greater reasons to support the project. Poehler will produce the movie through her company Paper Kite Productions, and filming is set to begin at the end of March. That means that the movie may appear sooner rather than later!

Proving that they’re the group of friends that you totally want to hang out with, the cast announced the news via a video of them having a singalong together. Appearing on Netflix’s Twitter account, the clip calls Wine Country “your new favorite movie.” Well, true. 

While Wine Country will be the first feature film Poehler has directed, she has previously directed episodes of Parks and Recreation and Broad City. 

Count me in as someone who seriously can’t wait for this film to hit Netflix. Do you think there’s any chance of more behind-the-scenes videos from the cast?

Kristen Perrone is a Siena College Class of 2018 alumna. She studied English during her time at Siena.