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Where'd You Go, Bernadette starring Cate Blanchette: Casting Update

Somewhere along the line the release date for Where’d You Go, Bernadette, was taken out of its Mother’s Day 2018 slot and shoved all the way to March 22, 2019. The big news! After casting Cate Blanchette as Bernadette months and months ago, Linklater has finally announced the casting of Bernadette’s 15-year-old daughter Bee. The narrator of the novel, Bee’s investigation into her mother’s disappearance is a framing device for the story, so while the screen time may be limited, the role is pivotal. After seeing 500 other girls, the director selected Emma Nelson, a newcomer to movies who has some local Chicago area theater experience.

Newcomer Emma Nelson plays Bernadette's daughter, Bee

“There are so many talented actors in her age range, and we saw hundreds of them for the role of Bee, but several things ultimately swayed me toward Emma. In addition to her intelligence and utter natural quality, I was most impressed with her composure, confidence and unflappability. Even though this was her first movie role, she was unintimidated.”
Cate Blanchette stars as Bernadette in Where'd You Go, Bernadette

According to Nelson’s hometown newspaper, Nelson filmed her scenes last summer. It may be due to her age, that her casting wasn’t announced at the time. 

“It's a great story, and to be able to contribute to it or be a part of it was crazy, and extremely fun,” Nelson said. “I like projects where I'm excited about seeing them come together, ones that I'd look forward to watching myself. I was also excited to work with Rick (Linklater). He's so great, and I knew beforehand that his involvement would set the film apart. Everything about WYGB is unique, and I was drawn to it just from the audition, which in itself was fun for me to do.”

With Cate Blanchett starring as Bernadette, 15-year-old Bee does everything she can to track down her missing mother, and as the logline says “discovering her troubled past in the process.’’ Richard Linklater directs from a script by the wonder duo Scott Neustadter and Michael H. Weber. The cast includes Billy Crudup as her husband, Kristin Wiig as Audrey the gnat neighbor, Judy Greer, Laurence Fishburne and Troian Bellisario as Becky.