DEADLINE – Amazon Studios will release Gus Van Sant’s biopic drama Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far on Foot on May 11.
The pic is based on the memoir by John Callahan (Joaquin Phoenix), who became paralyzed after a car accident at age 21 and turned to drawing as a form of therapy. Jonah Hill and Jack Black also star. It’s one of two Amazon movies the three-time Oscar nominee has next year in addition to the April crime noir You Were Never Really Here. It’s also Phoenix’s second in the spring with Rooney Mara, their biblical pic Mary Magdalene is scheduled to open on March 30.
Van Sant adapted, has screenplay credit and, separately, story credits with Jack Gibson & William Andrew Eatman. Charles-Marie Anthonioz, Mourad Belkeddar, Steve Golin, Nicolas Lhermitte are producing.
May 11 is Mother’s Day weekend. The only other wide releases on that day are Melissa McCarthy comedy Life of the Party from Warner Bros/New Line and Annapurna’s Richard Linklater dramedy Where’d You Go, Bernadette starring Cate Blanchett, Kristen Wiig and Judy Greer.
The first trailer for Mary Magdalene has been released, and it’s a pretty good one. If you haven’t seen it already, you can view it here. Below are two beautiful stills that have been added to the gallery, and the official synopsis for the film courtesy of Film4.
Set in the Holy Land in the first century C.E., a young woman leaves her small fishing village and traditional family behind to join a radical new social movement. At its head is a charismatic leader, Jesus of Nazareth, who promises that the world is changing. Mary is searching for a new way of living, and an authenticity that is denied her by the rigid hierarchies of the day. As the notoriety of the group spread and more are drawn to follow Jesus’ inspirational message, Mary’s spiritual journey places her at the heart of a story that will lead to the capital city of Jerusalem, where she must confront the reality of Jesus’ destiny and her own place within it.