Trailer For Greta Gerwig's Directorial Debut 'Lady Bird' With Saoirse Ronan

It was only a matter of time before Greta Gerwig set out on her directorial debut. She's crafted a very specific screen persona, built through her close involvement as a writer and producer, on many of the films she's starred in, which is why it's a little surprising that her first solo outing behind the camera has her directing others but not herself. Instead, Gerwig's film Lady Bird features a lead performance by Saoirse Ronan, who already has two Oscar nominations under her belt.

The first trailer for Lady Bird has arrived fresh off the film's successful world premiere at Telluride. Praise is already being heaped on Gerwig, Ronan, and Roseanne's Laurie Metcalf for the story of a troubled relationship between a mother and daughter as the latter seeks to leave her home in Sacramento for college elsewhere. Here's the synopsis:

Christine McPherson (Saoirse Ronan, also appearing at this year’s Festival in On Chesil Beach) — affectionately known and self-proclaimed as Lady Bird — is an ambitious, bright, and precocious high school senior. Longing to break free of suburban Sacramento, she dreams of a different life full of east coast skyscrapers, Ivy League universities, and cosmopolitan culture.

With modest grades and no alumni connections to speak of, Lady Bird needs extracurriculars to beef up her college applications. Joining the drama club leads to new friends (sometimes at the expense of old ones), first loves, and a social life in full swing. Dealing with her critical mother and succeeding at math do not come as easily. With her dad recently laid off, her mom working double shifts as a nurse, and her brother and his girlfriend — Berkeley grads — working at the supermarket, she is keenly aware that post–high school life is no walk in the park. Old enough to appreciate what she has, but not always mature enough to show it, sometimes she just wants to go shopping for her prom dress rather than putting her clothes away.

Tracy Letts, Timothee Chalamet, Lois Smith, Beanie Feldstein, and Lucas Hedges round out an impressive cast Gerwig has put together. Lady Bird opens November 10th, but will play at TIFF first.