The much-anticipated lesbian road trip film, “Drive-Away Dolls,” has just released its first trailer, captivating audiences with the promise of a queer-themed adventure. This film, a long-standing passion project for the husband-and-wife duo Ethan Coen and Tricia Cooke, is set to bring a fresh perspective to the genre.
A Journey of Chaos and Comedy
“Drive-Away Dolls” stars Margaret Qualley as Jamie, an uninhibited free spirit dealing with a recent breakup, and Geraldine Viswanathan as her more reserved best friend Marian. The plot unfolds as they embark on a spontaneous road trip to Tallahassee for a car drop service, their journey taking a chaotic turn upon encountering a group of bumbling criminals. The film’s ensemble cast also includes queer actor Beanie Feldstein, alongside Pedro Pascal and Matt Damon, adding a blend of humor and depth to the narrative.
From Original Concept to Reality
Originally conceived in 2007 under the title “Drive-Away D*kes,” with a tagline emphasizing its edgy, action-packed nature, the project faced initial production challenges. In 2022, Coen stepped in as director, breathing new life into the project. His and Cooke’s vision for “Drive-Away Dolls” has evolved from a singular concept into a potential series of queer B-movies, as revealed in a recent Collider interview. Cooke expressed her excitement about finally bringing one of these ideas to fruition, while Coen humorously pondered the necessity of completing a trilogy, given their existing two scripts.
Expanding the Queer Cinema Universe
The release of “Drive-Away Dolls” marks a significant moment in the landscape of LGBTQ+ cinema, expanding the representation of queer narratives in mainstream film. This venture by Coen and Cooke not only offers a refreshing take on the road trip genre but also paves the way for more diverse and inclusive storytelling in Hollywood. As the “Drive-Away Dolls” universe potentially expands, audiences can look forward to more unconventional and engaging stories that celebrate queer experiences.