Big congratulations go out to Chicago-based filmmakers Kris and Joe Swanberg on the birth of their new daughter. Little Abigail Rey Swanberg entered our world on Monday, joining big brother Jude.
The timing of baby Abigail is auspicious, coming so soon after the release of Kris Swanberg’s “Unexpected” film, with “Avengers” star Cobie Smulders playing an inner-city teacher who unexpectedly becomes pregnant at the same time as her favorite student, played by newcomer Gail Bean.
Needless to say, the arrival of Abigail Swanberg was anything but unexpected!
It’s a busy time in the household as Joe Swanberg’s newest film, “Digging For Fire,” starring Jake Johnson, Rosemarie DeWitt, Anna Kendrick, Brie Larson, Orlando Bloom and Sam Elliot, will open Friday. On Saturday, Johnson and Joe Swanberg will participate in Q&A’s with the audience, following the film’s 7 and 9:30 p.m. show times.
“Just like his son Jude,” Johnson joked, “I’m sure we will soon see little Abby showing up as the latest member of the Swanberg family cast in Joe’s upcoming films!”
Among Joe Swanberg’s films are “Happy Christmas,” “V/H/S” and “Drinking Buddies.” Like her husband, Kris Swanberg is also an actor, with her directorial resume including such movies as the aforementioned “Unexpected” and“Empire Builder,” starring Kristin Davis,Swanberg’s husband Joe and the then much younger son Jude.