In a chat with Time Out New York, Braff revealed that he's currently working on his next script -- "something more in the Garden State oeuvre" -- but there's a different gig he'll direct first. It seems the actor/director is still attached to that romcom called Swingles, which he joined in May of last year. The script has gone through a few incarnations, but will -- in some way -- deal with bachelors, weddings, and the need for wingmen. Basically, it's a typical romcom that stars Cameron Diaz (unless she's since left the project), and will get cooking this fall or winter if things go smoothly.
But I imagine patience will be a virtue if you're waiting for the next film written and directed by Braff. The actor is "infatuated" with the theater, and busy not only with his own play, but also a new production by Paul Weitz (American Pie, About a Boy) called Trust, which co-stars Ari Graynor (Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist), Bobby Cannavale (from stage, TV, and screen), and Tony Award-winner Sutton Foster. I caught a preview performance on Saturday, and though the kinks are still being ironed out, it's a rather interesting look at the many ways domination can manifest in one's life and relationships, with Braff playing a manipulative character who hides behind an Andrew Largeman-like persona. (He even, at one point, talks about being numb and then finally starting to live through love.)
Though I'm a fan of Garden State, I'm hoping his romance with the New York stage will start pushing him in new directions. Between a Trust gig that actually uses similar lines to GS and something in the GS oeuvre, it's time to see him branch out -- in something other than the typical romcom fare.
What say you?