First New Poster for Alexander Payne's 'The Descendants' Unveiled

May 23, 2011
Source: IMDb, The Playlist

George Clooney in The Descendants

Coming this winter is a new Fox Searchlight comedy from beloved filmmaker Alexander Payne (Election, About Schmidt, Sideways). We haven't seen anything for this before today, but IMDb (via The Playlist) has unveiled the official poster for Alexander Payne's The Descendants, a dramedy starring George Clooney as a wealthy Hawaiian man named Matt King, who takes his daughters (Shailene Woodley and Amara Miller) on a road trip to find the man his wife has been having an affair with. This poster doesn't show too much yet, but I've got a feeling this will be something unique to keep an eye on once we actually get a trailer.

Alexander Payne's The Descendants Poser

A land baron (Clooney) tries to re-connect with his two daughters after his wife suffers a boating accident.

The Descendants is both written and directed by Oscar winning American filmmaker Alexander Payne, director of Election, About Schmidt and Sideways previously, plus a screenwriter for Jurassic Park III and I Now Pronounce You Chuck & Larry. The screenplay was actually co-written by Payne and Nat Faxon & Jim Rash, from Kaui Hart Hemmings' novel of the same name. Fox Searchlight will be bringing bringing The Descendants to limited theaters starting December 16th. We also expect to see this at TIFF. Stay tuned!

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Creepy poster. When I looked at it before reading the description I thought "So Clooney plays a pedophile.. great".

Andreas Climent on May 23, 2011


whoa I really didn't get that vibe at all, upon first glance...gotta love the human brain.

Xerxexx on May 24, 2011


Of course you didn't get that vibe at all.  Clooney's character is a father, and he has a contemplative expression in the poster, nothing at all unusual about it.  Clooney's ex p.r. escort's publicist is on a major smear campaign against Clooney right now.  Isn't that right, Andreas?

thinkingpetunia on May 25, 2011


Ah, a writer of fiction. I'm a fan of Clooney both as a person and as an actor and  have nothing at all against him.  What I'm saying is that I wouldn't use that poster, because even though I like the composition and lighting, I did get a very suspicious vibe from it. If you don't know anything about the movie, what you see is a man, sitting in the shadow, observing two young girls on the beach. A possible interpretation of that could be that the man is a pedophile, but maybe I'm the only one who reacted that way. If people see the poster and don't know anything about the movie, will they decide to see it? My guess would be that a large percentage wouldn't, and in that case it's a bad poster.

Andreas Climent on May 25, 2011


You are full of it.  The poster is completely innocent.  Clooney has a contemplative, concerned expression.  Absolutely nothing in the poster remotely suggests what you stated.  In the shadow?  LOL, he's sitting at a table on the beach in plain view, out in the open, with the beautiful sunshine glinting off his watch.  You are either a sick person or are participating in the smear campaign initiated by Clooney's ex p.r. escort's camp, but then you'd have to also be the first to be the second, so you're both.

Anonymous on May 26, 2011


I've always been a sucker for stories about parents reconnecting with their kids...and Clooney has been great in his recent movies, so I'm gonna see this for sure.

Xerxexx on May 24, 2011


Shailene Woodley? Really? I mean she's pretty, but a terrible actress from what I've seen so far..

Davide Coppola on May 24, 2011


You've see the viral clip of him running right? I love when he is so harried, he is exceptionally funny at times like that. 

Sabrina Smith on May 24, 2011


Just in case you missed it (I put it on your FB page a few weeks ago)..

Sabrina Smith on May 24, 2011

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