"Shirley" is a 2020 American biographical drama film directed by Josephine Decker.
The starring cast includes Elisabeth Moss, Michael Stuhlbarg, Odessa Young, Logan Lerman, Victoria Pedretti, Orlagh Cassidy, Robert Wuhl, Paul O'Brien, Bisserat Tseggai, Allen McCullough and others.

Here are "Shirley" movie trailer, plot summary, full cast and characters, release date and everything we know so far.


Is there a trailer for Shirley movie?

NEON on Friday, May 08, 2020 released the trailer for "Shirley" you can watch here:
SHIRLEY Trailer - Available Everywhere June 5.

Plot summary

What is Shirley movie plot?

Here is a short review of "Shirley" movie plot summary.

Fred (Logan Lerman) and Rose Nemser (Odessa Young) are newlyweds relocating to Bennington College for Fred's job as a lecturer. Fred is about to work for Stanley (Michael Stuhlbarg) Hyman while Rose, still a student, is immediately enthralled by the work of Stanley's wife, Shirley Jackson (Elisabeth Moss).
Shortly after their arrival, Stanley asks Rose to do menial jobs around the house as Shirley is struggling with her output as a writer and a recent bout of agoraphobia. Fred and Rose move into the house and Rose is shocked to find her chores more akin to the role of a housekeeper. She also witnesses how Stanley and Shirley's marriage is bitter and acrimonious. Shirley is initially deliberately provocative and cruel to Rose.
As the Nemsers move into their house Shirley begins writing, announcing a new work based on Paula Jean Welden (Alexandria Sherman), a young woman who recently disappeared from Bennington's campus. Stanley is controlling and obsessive over Shirley's writing, believing her to be a genius but forcing her to stay committed to her output. Despite her initial cruelty, Shirley begins to think of Rose as somewhat of a muse and opens up to her, having her do research for her, including stealing the medical files for Paula Jean Welden. As the two grow closer Rose becomes more protective of Shirley and a sexual flirtation builds up between them.
In the meantime, the relationship between Stanley and Fred deteriorates as Stanley seeks to tamp down Fred's academic ambitions and torpedo his career.
Some months later Rose gives birth and Shirley remains deep in the throes of writing. Feeling that the Nemsers have served their purpose, Stanley arranges for them to move out. Desperate to stay, Rosie writes Paula Jean Welden's name in a library book and gives it to Shirley, implying that Paula could have been taking a course with Stanley and having an affair with him. To her shock, Shirley is unaffected and reveals that she is well aware of who Stanley is having an affair with and that Paula was not one of his lovers. She also reveals that Fred has been having affairs with his students the whole time.


Who plays who in the Shirley movie?

Here is the full cast and characters of "Shirley" movie. Actors and actresses are sorted mostly in credits order.

Elisabeth Moss  as Shirley Jackson
Michael Stuhlbarg  as Stanley Edgar Hyman
Odessa Young  as Rose Nemser / Paula
Logan Lerman  as Fred Nemser
Victoria Pedretti  as Katherine
Orlagh Cassidy  as Caroline
Robert Wuhl  as Randy Fisher
Paul O'Brien  as Dean
Bisserat Tseggai  as Peggy
Allen McCullough  as Norman
Tony Manna  as Drunken Fellow
Molly Fahey  as Faculty Wife (as Molly Elizabeth Fahey)
Edward O'Blenis  as Ralph Ellison
Ryan Spahn  as Drunk Cad
Vincent McCauley  as Grad Student
Emily Decker  as Prissy College Student
Kecia Lewis  as Nurse
Alexandria Sherman  as Paula

Release date

When is Shirley movie release date?

"Shirley" movie release date was scheduled to be on January 25, 2020 (Sundance) and on June 5, 2020 (United States) distributing by Neon, Madman Entertainment, September Film, Curzon Artificial Eye, Curzon Film Distributors and Curzon Home Cinema.


What are Shirley filming details?

The duration of the film is 107 minutes. With a budget of $300,000, the film grossed over $258,736.

"Shirley" movie is rated "R", according to the MPAA film rating system.

Principal photography began in late July 2018 in Jefferson Heights, New York.


What are critics and audiences saying about Shirley movie?

"Shirley" movie got high rating from critics. IMDB rating is 6.2/10. Rotten Tomatoes rating is 87/100.

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