Jason Segel & Jesse Eisenberg Teaming Up for 'The End of the Tour'
Since making a splash at Sundance with the alcoholic drama Smashed starring Mary Elizabeth Winstead, director James Ponsoldt returned to the festival this year with the stellar coming-of-age drama, The Spectacular Now. Ponsoldt has lined up a busy future with a developing biopic on Hilary Clinton and an adaptation of the Pure young adult novel series (not to mention some scripting duties on a couple films), and now one more project has been added to his list. The End of the Tour will star Jason Segel and Jesse Eisenberg in a film following author David Foster Wallace and Rolling Stone reporter David Lipsky.
Segel will play the author who committed suicide in 2008 while Eisenberg will play the magazine reporter in a story that sees the journalist following Wallace around the United States as he promotes his book Infinite Jest. As Wallace's fame rises, a bit of a rivalry brews between him and Lipsky as they compare their romantic lives, depression and discuss the ups and downs of being famous. The Wrap reports Ponsoldt will direct from a script by playwright Donald Margulies, based on Lipsky's book Although Of Course You End Up Becoming Yourself: A Road Trip with David Foster Wallace.
This certainly sounds like the kind of film that Ponsoldt would bring to Sundance, so maybe it'll pop up at the festival in 2015 when the time comes. And it certainly sounds like a different kind of performance for Segel, who mainly sticks to comedy on the big screen. Eisenberg has dabbled a lot with work in films as varied as The Social Network, 30 Minutes or Less, Adventureland and this year's Now You See Me, with The Double coming next year. Segel and Eisenberg should make for quite a pairing, and we'll definitely keep our ears to the ground as this project develops.