Ponsoldt's 'The End of the Tour' with Jason Segel Set for July Release
Briefly: One of my favorite films this year (so far) from Sundance has a release date. A24 has set The End of the Tour, directed by James Ponsoldt (Smashed, The Spectacular Now), starring Jason Segel as David Foster Wallace and Jesse Eisenberg as David Lipsky for limited release starting this July. Anne Thompson of Thompson on Hollywood reports that A24 plans to release The End of the Tour starting July 31st, 2015 before "a long slow build over the summer" instead of the more traditional "fall festival award season rollout". I'm confident that Segel will be talked about for awards all year, so if they're behind him too, then let's roll it out. IFC's Boyhood opened in August of last year after Sundance and ended up six Oscar nominations, plus a Best Supporting Actress win, so anything is possible. We'll keep you updated from here.
Ponsoldt's The End of the Tour is about the time journalist David Lipsky spent with prolific author David Foster Wallace while interviewing him for Rolling Stone. I loved film and raved about Segel in my Sundance review: "Honestly I felt like I wasn't watching Jason Segel, I was watching David Foster Wallace; Segel fully commits to the character and it's so mesmerizing to watch. He's that good, he's that endearing, and he deserves all the acclaim that is coming to him. To explore the mind of someone so brilliant yet who lives such a simple life is extremely compelling, and the comments he makes are profound." Don't miss this film.