Coming this month to Amazon Prime Video is Troop Zero, a 2019 Sundance Film Festival title inspired by Beasts of the Southern Wild screenwriter Lucy Alibar’s 2010 play, Christmas and Jubilee Behold the Meteor Shower.
Picture it: Rural, trailer-park-y Georgia, 1977. Christmas Flint, a young girl (Gifted’s Mckenna Grace), wants to enter a national competition to win the chance to become part of NASA’s Golden Record, which the Voyager will carry to space, from where Christmas believes her late mother now looks after her. Knowing that NASA will attend the upcoming Birdie Scouts jamboree to select its participants from the Peach State, Christmas decides to pledge. Problem is the more established and popular (and snobby, because of course) Birdie Scouts won’t have her.
No problem: A rebel at heart, Christmas goes rogue and does her own thing.
Viola Davis co-stars as Christmas’ lawyer-dad’s secretary-turned-oh-so-reluctant troop mother, while Allison Janney plays her needling counterpart in the Birdie Scouts.
Directed by Bert & Bertie (a.k.a. Amber Finlayson and and Katie Ellwood), Troop Zero will be ready to stream on Jan. 17.