Aubrey Plaza’s name has a musical connection with the song “Aubrey” from the soft rock band based in Los Angeles. She was named after the song by her parents. Her father was a Puerto Rican while her mother has Irish and English ancestry. Aubrey successfully battled a stroke attack at the age of 20. She studied film at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts and graduated in 2006. She worked as an intern with several media outlets as part of her course. The experience helped the aspiring actress to land small roles in shows like ‘The Jeannie Tate Show,’ ESPN’s ‘Mayne Street’ and the UCB comedy ‘Terrible Decisions with Ben Schwartz.’ She also started performing improv and sketch comedy during that time.
Plaza’s first significant role in a film was Daisy in the 2009 movie ‘Funny People’ opposite Seth Rogen. Projects like ‘Scott Pilgrim vs. the World’ and ‘Mystery Team’ soon followed. Plaza got her breakout role with the 2009 NBC sitcom ‘Parks and Recreation.’ She played the character of April Ludgate, a college student and intern who works in the Pawnee Department of Parks and Recreation, who later becomes the Deputy Director of the firm. Plaza’s performance garnered critical acclaim and widespread popularity for her deadpan humor. She continued as a main cast member of the series till 2015.
The actress continued to appear in several character roles throughout the early 2000s. Her first leading role came with the 2012 comedy ‘Safety Not Guaranteed.’ She played the character of Darius, a bored intern who applies for a “wanted” ad for “a companion for a time-travelling adventure,” opposite Mark Duplass. Darius earned her critical acclaim and more roles on television and films. She played the lead role in the 2014 zombie comedy ‘Life After Beth,’ which is directed by her boyfriend Jeff Baena and was premiered at the Sundance Film Festival to positive reviews. She also lent her voice to the character of Grumpy Cat in the 2014 movie ‘Grumpy Cat’s Worst Christmas Ever.’ Plaza played the lead role in the 2016 comedy movie ‘Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates’ alongside Zac Efron, Anna Kendrick and Adam DeVine. Both the movie and her character, Tatiana, garnered critical acclaim.
She emerged as a prominent actor in 2017 with the two movies ‘The Little Hours’ and ‘Ingrid Goes West,’ which were also produced by her. In ‘The Little Hours,’ Plaza played the character of Sister Fernanda. The film was loosely based on the first two tales of ‘The Decameron’ by Giovanni Boccaccio. She played the titular character Ingrid Thorburn in the black-comedy ‘Ingrid Goes West.’ Her portrayal of Ingrid, who grapples with an obsession with social media earned Plaza widespread critical praise. In 2018, the actress played the lead role in the crime-comedy movie ‘An Evening with Beverly Luff Linn.’ The movie was premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in 2018 and met with mixed reviews.
Though Plaza has played several significant characters during her nearly one-decade long career, her character April Ludgate in NBC’s ‘Parks and Recreation’ still remains etched in viewers’ memories. The cult character has become an alter ego of the actress; and it helped set the tone of her career. So now at this point you must be wondering what is the next Aubrey Plaza movie or TV show? Well, here’s the list of upcoming Aubrey Plaza films and TV shows scheduled to release in 2019 and 2020. We can only hope that the latest Aubrey Plaza movies would be as good as some of her recent ones.
3. Legion (2017 – )
Aubrey Plaza plays the role of Lenore “Lenny” Busker in the FX series ‘Legion.’ Billed as the first television series connected to the ‘X-Men’ film franchise, ‘Legion’ follows the Marvel character David Haller a.k.a Legion who is the mutant son of the founder of ‘X-Men,’ Prof. Charles Xavier. Legion possesses various psychic powers like telepathy and telekinesis. Aubrey Plaza plays the role of Lenore “Lenny” Busker, who is the companion of David. Though she dies in the first episode, Lenny comes back in several forms. Plaza plays the character as both male and female versions. The first and second seasons of the series depict Legion’s struggle with his schizophrenic visions, which are planted by his foe, the parasitic mutant Amahl Farouk a.k.a Shadow King. ‘Legion’ is created by Noah Hawley and produced by FX Productions and Marvel TV. The third and final season of the series is due on June 24, 2019.
2. Child’s Play (2019)
‘Child’s Play’ is an upcoming slasher film from ‘It’ producers Seth Grahame-Smith and David Katzenberg. The movie is a reboot of the 1988 horror flick of the same name. Both films share a similar plot of a young boy who chances upon an evil doll with murderous powers. Debutante Gabriel Bateman plays the role of the boy Andy Barclay in the upcoming movie. Aubrey Plaza portrays the character of Andy’s widowed and single mother, Karen Barclay. Brian Tyree Henry also joins the cast as detective Mike Norris who investigates the mysterious serial murders. Mark Hamill lends his voice to Chucky, the bloodthirsty evil doll. It is the first time that a ‘Chucky’ project has been made without the involvement of original series creator Don Mancini. ‘Child’s Play’ is directed by Lars Klevberg from Tyler Burton Smith’s script. The movie will open in theaters on June 21, 2019.
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1. The Ark and the Aardvark (TBA)
The animated comedy ‘The Ark and the Aardvark’ features an ensemble voice cast including Aubrey Plaza, Jenny Slate, Craig Robinson, and Miles Teller. The movie is reportedly a futuristic retelling of the story of Genesis of Noah’s Ark. The plot follows the titular Aardvark named Gabriel (Teller) who is destined to lead a group of animals to the Ark before the Genesis flood engulfs everything. But it becomes an exhaustive task for Gabriel as the members of the group are as untameable as him. Aubrey Plaza lends her voice to a spider named Brain in the group. Slate voices the narcoleptic ostrich Mitzi while Robinson lends his voice to the Bullfrog. Rob Riggle voices Todd the elephant while Stephen Merchant lends his voice to Croc, the wise old crocodile in the movie. ‘The Ark and the Aardvark’ is directed by John Stevenson (‘Kung Fu Panda‘). Philip LaZebnik and Glen Dolman wrote the script. No release date has been attached to the movie, which is currently in production.
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