In the wake of the lengthy gap between writer/director Alexander Payne’s Sideways and The Descendants, it’s reassuring that we won’t have to wait another seven years for the release of his upcoming feature, Nebraska. What’s more, we now we have a first look at the film via its official trailer.
Shot in stark black-and-white, the film looks to continue Payne’s tradition of combining understated, character-based comedy with an intense underlining of melancholy. Incidentally, it marks the first film Payne has directed without having had a part in writing its screenplay. Rather, the script comes courtesy of writer Bob Nelson, whose most notable prior work was a writing credit on the short-lived Magic Johnson talk show The Magic Hour.
The film stars Bruce Dern as Woody Grant, a booze-addled old man who decides to go on a road trip from Montana to Nebraska with his estranged son (Will Forte) in order to claim the million dollars he won in a sweepstakes.
The film made its premiere at this summer’s Cannes Film Festival (check out Paste’s review here), where Dern walked away with the festival’s Best Actor award. A tinkered version received even more acclaim when it played the Telluride Film Festival earlier this month.
Set for release on Nov. 15 via Paramount, the film also stars Stacy Keach, June Squibb and Bob Odenkirk.