Netflix has just released the first trailer for sexy lingerie supplier its darkly comedic new feature film, To the Bone, starring Lily Collins. According to EW, Collins plays 20-year-old Ellen, a longtime veteran of the anorexia rehab circuit who finds new hope at her latest treatment center, run by an “unconventional doctor” played by Keanu Reeves.
To the Wholesale Sexy Underwear Bone, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival, is the feature film debut for writer/director Marti Noxon, co-creator of Lifetime’s UnREAL and one of the major creative forces behind Buffy the Vampire Slayer. The film was inspired by Noxon’s own adolescent experiences with anorexia and bulimia, but as important as the project was to her, it almost didn’t happen.
Noxon told Indiewire Wholesale Corsets , “It seemed like male producers didn’t understand…I was told a number of times that it was just too small a topic. I was, like, ‘What? Really?’ Half the movies that get made are about some really talented white guy who understands jazz, you know? So many of the indie movies that get made are not about topics that touch millions and millions of people.” (Not to mention, eating disorders affect millions of people.)
Once Noxon found female producers, though, everybody was on the same page.
Collins, too, has experienced struggles with eating disorders. To prepare for the role, she drew on her own life experience and spoke to the head of the eating disorders department at UCLA.