First Trailer for James Franco's Steinbeck Adaptation 'In Dubious Battle'

August 29, 2016
Source: Deadline

In Dubious Battle Trailer

"Now I have a chance to fight for something." AMBI Group has debuted the first official trailer for James Franco's adaptation of John Steinbeck's acclaimed novel In Dubious Battle, about a group of workers on apple farms in the 1930s who rise up and strike against the landowners. James Franco directs and stars in the film, yet another Franco adaptation, along with Nat Wolff as Jim Nolan, a young recruit who joins the activist and helps organize the strike. The impressive ensemble cast includes Vincent D'Onofrio, Bryan Cranston, Ed Harris, Sam Shepard, Selena Gomez, Josh Hutcherson, Ashley Greene, John Savage and Zach Braff. This actually looks pretty damn inspiring, I have to admit, I'm intrigued. Check it.

Here's the first official trailer (+ poster) for James Franco's In Dubious Battle, originally from Deadline:

In Dubious Battle Poster

In the 1930s in California's apple country, nine hundred migratory workers rise up "in dubious battle" against the landowners. The group takes on a life of its own-stronger than its individual members and more frightening. Led by the doomed Jim Nolan (Wolff), the strike is founded on his tragic idealism-on the "courage never to submit or yield." In Dubious Battle is directed by actor-filmmaker James Franco (Sal, As I Lay Dying, My Own Private River, Child of God, The Sound and the Fury, Zeroville), adapting from John Steinbeck's Pulitzer Prize-winning novel first published in 1936. The screenplay is by Matt Rager. The film will premiere at the Venice Film Festival coming up, with no release plans set yet. Anyone interested?

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Franco can deliver fantastic performances when he is away from Seth Rogen's bad influence.

tarek on Aug 29, 2016


Oh no...Miss Gomez is epically miscast here. I think she might have single handedly taken down this movie. I know is Franco directing, but that cast is one of the best casts in the last decade.

DAVIDPD on Aug 29, 2016


It's already been said, but I'll ask again: Why is Selena Gomez in this?!? Stellar cast otherwise, but I can't help but feel like this has a bit of the made-for-tv movie quality....just to me. Maybe it was the music, maybe it was the "inspired dialogue" scenes in the feels a bit forced and corny. Powerful story though...

RAW_D on Aug 30, 2016


American business has done horrible things to its workers. Remember Ludlow Massacre. Stories like this should be told, whether they be books, films or whatever. But it is unforgivable sin, as already amply noted, to include in that someone like Selena Gomez. Not fair to the story and its meaning ...

shiboleth on Aug 30, 2016


You know, that's another thing I was too reluctant, to raise it as an issue here. So, definitely, it looks like Franco knows how to pick a good thing but the tragedy of it, the real creative tragedy, is the fact that this is all ability he's exercising here. That's very much probable, right? In some respect, that's a longstanding dilemma for me which I forget to resolve from time to time. Namely, should one just use a good idea or should it be done by someone good? The other choice seems right to me, I just forget about that sometimes. If you understood what I said Bo, thank you for your help in reminding me what is right thing ...

shiboleth on Aug 31, 2016


Oh don't worry about being harsh. I like you when you start being that way. You are probably right about him, but all described by you is also probably a reason why I sometimes avoid projects with him. As for the state of culture, its narcissistic prevalence nowadays is everywhere, not only in US. Although, it might be really tough in a society where is media culture so strong as it is in US. And as for the 'observational acumen', I pronounce you my hero for a day. Yeah, it's only a day, since I need to give you more chances for your insightful observance ... Cheers Bo ...

shiboleth on Aug 31, 2016


An artist is a narcissistic creature by nature...

tarek on Sep 1, 2016


Come on Bo. Franco isn't that bad. Is he? ;D Quite Francoly, I enjoy his acting. He's not Tom Hardy by any mean, but he is good at it when he doesn't do Pee Wee comedies. That being said, I know I can't change your mind on him. I have a short list of actors that I hold to the same esteem...Sometimes we denigrate or hate an actor for some obscure reason, that our reason ignores. Well, we try to make sense of it of course, but it's beyond any logic. It can be a mix of physical appearance, unacceptable (for us) behavior and ideology, etc. My favorite bad actors actresses are: -Kristen Stewart. the most depressing girl on earth. - Gerard Butler -Seth Rogen -Channing Tatum -Zac Ef'ron -Hugh Grant -Johnny Depp -Liam Hemsworth -Halle Berry -Bruce Willis, the guy with the boring face.

tarek on Aug 31, 2016


This looks amazing...Best Picture worthy

Dr. Dobb on Aug 31, 2016


looks good. Poster is awful though.

adam riozzi on Sep 1, 2016

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