Two precocious acting prodigies who recently burst onto the scene with career-making performances are teaming up for a new dark comedy. Elsie Fisher, the star of Bo Burnham‘s Eighth Grade, and Alan S. Kim, the 7-year-old breakout star of Minari, have signed on to star in Latchkey Kids.
The film revolves around a bright nine-year-old who befriends an eccentric teenager looking to escape a dysfunctional life and mother. However, the duo’s friendship faces a considerable obstacle, as local law enforcement suspects the boy might be killing his babysitters.
John J. Budion (Rockaway) will direct from a script by Meaghan Cleary. Although the two films Fisher and Kim won critical acclaim for were released by A24, the studio isn’t involved in this project.
Latchkey Kids will only be Kim’s second acting project, while Fisher’s other credits also include voice work in the Despicable Me franchise and a role in the upcoming Texas Chainsaw Massacre sequel.
Latchkey Kids sounds like a fun premise, sort of like Good Boys without the raunch. You don’t get too many films starring children that isn’t intended to be a kids film, so it will be interesting to see how Budion and co. handle the tone. Production on the film is scheduled to begin in June.