Robert Redford – the man who brought us cinematic classics like Ordinary People and Quiz Show – is getting ready to introduce his latest star-studded opus, The Company You Keep, to the world, and now we have our first look at the trailer.
Based on the Neil Gordon novel of the same name, the film stars Shia LaBeouf as a young journalist on the trail of Jim Grant (Redford), a former anti-war radical who hid from the FBI for more than 30 years. Terrence Howard plays the FBI agent on the case, and Susan Sarandon is the recently-captured fugitive who was part of the same organization as Redford’s character. The all-star cast also includes Julie Christie, Nick Nolte, Anna Kendrick (who stars in this fall’s Pitch Perfect and may be joining the cast of Captain America 2), Brendan Gleeson, Stanley Tucci and Chris Cooper.
The script was written by Lem Dobbs, whose most recent credit is Steven Soderbergh’s Haywire. However, while that film emphasized style over substance, The Company You Keep looks like it will feature a more character-focused narrative. Redford’s last couple of films failed to connect at the box office; although The Company You Keep just may have the perfect blend of Hollywood thrill ride and topical subject matter to score with audiences.
Though it does not currently have a scheduled release date, The Company You Keep is set to make its premiere at the Venice Film Festival next month, before appearing as an official selection at the Toronto International Film Festival. With a cast stacked with numerous Oscar winners and nominees and a plot filled to the brim with political intrigue, it’s likely that Sony Pictures Classics – which picked up U.S. distribution rights – will position it as a major contender for the upcoming awards season.
In the meantime, let us know what you think of the trailer. Will you be lining up for Redford’s latest?
Stay tuned to Screen Rant for the latest regarding the North American release of The Company You Keep.