Although the raunchy comedic sensibilities of screenwriter/director pair Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg have made their brand of entertainment a somewhat divisive one, the duo have successfully avoided being pigeon-holed into one particular genre with their films. Their work to date has included a stoner action/comedy, a subversive superhero movie, an apocalypse comedy – and now, they’re branching out into Dr. Strangelove-esque absurd political satire, with The Interview.
Sony’s marketing campaign for The Interview – Rogen and Goldberg’s sophomore directorial followup to last year’s This Is the End – has gotten properly underway, marked by the arrival of the movie’s first poster and theatrical trailer (watch the latter above, if you haven’t already). No doubt, the teaser will be attached to select prints of this weekend’s new release 22 Jump Street, in order to spread awareness within Rogen and Co.’s target demographic.
The first preview for The Interview introduces the film’s main players: Rogen and his frequent onscreen partner-in-crime, James Franco; we also get a straight-forward, if thin sketch of the narrative crafted by Rogen and Goldberg. The short of it: Franco is vapid celebrity interviewer Dave Skylark and Rogen is his more intellectual producer/BFF Aaron Rapaport, who get a chance to interview North Korea’s leader, Kim Jong-Un – before the CIA recruits them to assassinate the strange dictator, instead.
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It’ll be interesting to see what larger social commentary The Interview has to offer – alongside the staple Rogen/Franco movie elements (see: improvisatory jokes about poop and bro-mantic tension), lest anyone get the wrong idea about what sort of film this is. Last month’s Rogen offering, Neighbors, was ultimately better at bringing on the funny than food for thought, but The Interview might prove more successful at managing the dual tasks. Failing that, one hopes this film amounts to more than just Rogen and Franco’s equivalent of The Campaign.
Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg directed The Interview, from an original screenplay that they co-wrote with Dan Sterling (King of the Hill, The Sarah Silverman Program). Rounding out the cast are such folk as Randall Park (The Five-Year Engagement), Lizzy Caplan (Masters of Sex), Charles Rahi Chun (Scrubs), and Timothy Simons (Veep).
The Interview opens in U.S. theaters on October 10th, 2014.