Maggie’s Plan is a 2015 American romantic comedy-drama film directed and written by Rebecca Miller, based on the original story by Karen Rinaldi. The film stars Greta Gerwig, Ethan Hawke, Bill Hader, Maya Rudolph, Travis Fimmel, Wallace Shawn, Ida Rohatyn, Monte Greene, and Julianne Moore.
The film had its world premiere at the 2015 Toronto International Film Festival on September 12, 2015. Sony Pictures Classics released the film on May 20, 2016.
When Maggie (Greta Gerwig), a young and independent New Yorker, decides to become a single mother and inseminate herself with the help of a former college acquaintance (Travis Fimmel), she appears to be – as always – in perfect control of her life. Yet, this meticulously planned transaction nonetheless runs up against the unpredictability of fate when Maggie falls for a “ficto-critical anthropologist” named John (Ethan Hawke), whose marriage to Georgette (Julianne Moore)- a brilliant but time-consuming Columbia University Professor – is falling apart.
A few years later, when Maggie – now married to John – realizes she’s falling out of love with her new husband, she comes up with yet another “perfect plan”: reuniting him with his ex-wife!
On January 9, 2014, it was announced that director Rebecca Miller and Greta Gerwig would be re-teaming on rom-com Maggie’s Plan to direct and star, respectively, scripted by Miller and based on the story by Karen Rinaldi. Rachael Horovitz was set to produce through Specialty Films along with Miller and Damon Cardasis through their Round Films. Julianne Moore was added to the cast of the film on January 15, 2014. Clive Owen had joined on May 1, 2014, while on February 2, 2015, Travis Fimmel joined the film’s cast. On February 3, 2015, Variety reported that Ethan Hawke, Bill Hader, and Maya Rudolph had joined the film.