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John Waters Is Making His First Film in 20 Years; Aubrey Plaza to Star

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(L–R) John Waters at Mosswood Meltdown in 2022; Aubrey Plaza at a 2022 'White Lotus' premiere in Los Angeles. Plaza is reported to star in Waters' upcoming film, 'Liarmouth.'  (Estefany Gonzalez for KQED / Christopher Polk/Variety via Getty Images)

San Francisco resident and sultan of sleaze John Waters is reported to soon begin production on his first feature film in 20 years — with Aubrey Plaza in the lead role.

Liarmouth, based on Waters’ 2022 “feel-bad romance” novel of the same name, follows a duplicitous scammer, Marsha Sprinkle, who alienates her boyfriend and immediate family through awful, criminal behavior.

Plaza told Dazed in 2022 that she was throwing herself at Waters’ feet to play Marsha: “I emailed him immediately and said, ‘You better let me audition for you. I even look like the girl on the cover,’” she said. “I’ll do anything to get the part. And I mean anything.”

Filming for Liarmouth will begin later this year in Waters’ hometown of Baltimore.

Waters, a spiritual godfather to Thee Stork Club and annual emcee at the Mosswood Meltdown music festival in Oakland, had planned to begin filming in 2022 before the Hollywood strikes by actors and screenwriters.


Known for films like Pink Flamingos, Polyester and Crybaby, Waters last directed a film, the Tracey Ullman-starring A Dirty Shame, in 2004.

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