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Jason Segel is David Foster Wallace in first trailer for ‘The End of the Tour’

Jesse Eisenberg and Jason Segel in "The End of the Tour"
Jesse Eisenberg and Jason Segel in “The End of the Tour”

Who would’ve thought James Franco, Jonah Hill, Seth Rogen, and Jason Segel would become such accomplished actors?

The first trailer for director James Ponsoldt’s The End of the Tour released on Wednesday and offered our first look at Segel playing author David Foster Wallace. The film also stars Jesse Eisenberg, Anna Chlumsky, Mamie Gummer, Ron Livingston, Mickey Sumner, and Joan Cusack.

The film is about the five-day road trip that a young Rolling Stone writer (Eisenberg) ventured on when writing a profile on the famous, and semi-reclusive, media-shy novelist.

Ponsoldt has been on a roll lately with Smashed and The Spectacular Now and all the buzz from this movie is very positive with many people signaling Segel as a potential Best Actor nominee for next year’s Oscars.

Our own Lane Scarberry said that the film is “a quiet, affecting primer on the life of David Foster Wallace” and that it “is not a glamorized biopic of a troubled writer but an appreciation of an American literary giant who had problems that he didn’t want to share beyond mediating on them abstractly through his work.”

The End of the Tour comes out on July 31.

THE END OF THE TOUR tells the story of the five-day interview between Rolling Stone reporter (and novelist) David Lipsky (Jesse Eisenberg) and acclaimed novelist David Foster Wallace (Jason Segel), which took place right after the 1996 publication of Wallace’s groundbreaking epic novel, Infinite Jest. As the days go on, a tenuous yet intense relationship seems to develop between journalist and subject. The two men bob and weave around each other, sharing laughs and also possibly revealing hidden frailties – but it’s never clear how truthful they are being with each other. Ironically, the interview was never published, and five days of audio tapes were packed away in Lipsky’s closet. The two men did not meet again. The film is based on Lipsky’s critically acclaimed memoir about this unforgettable encounter, written following Wallace’s 2008 suicide. Both Segel and Eisenberg reveal great depths of emotion in their performances and the film is directed with humor and tenderness by Sundance vet James Ponsoldt from Pulitzer- Prize winner Donald Margulies’ insightful and heartbreaking screenplay.

 


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