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GREEN BOOK starring Mortensen and Ali


Participant Media and Dreamworks Pictures released the first trailer for Green Book, the drama directed by Peter Farrelly, the filmmaker’s first project outside the comedy realm. The film, based on a true story, will premiere at TIFF 2018, and stars two excellent leading men, Viggo Mortensen and recent Oscar-winner Mahershala Ali.

The men are an odd couple: Shirley is pristinely outfitted and elegant, a world-class African-American pianist on a concert tour from Manhattan to the Deep South; Tony Lip is brash and old-school Italian. with a seventh-grade education. Lip sees the racism his piano-playing passenger endures, and Shirley helps Lip write love letters. It’s hard to know what to expect from a racially charged period piece from the director of Dumb and Dumber and Dumb and Dumber To, but the trailer looks enticing, plus the two actors are worth watching.

Green Book was a project that I kept thinking about after I had read it,” Ali said in an interview with Entertainment Weekly. “If you look at these two archetypes [in films], it’s so often the black guy is serving as some sort of grounding force and reality check who’s coming from a low-income or working-class environment, for the wealthier, more affluent character.”

“I really responded to the fact that it was flipped on its head the way that it was, and the fact that it was based on a real relationship.”

Green Book—which also stars Linda Cardellini, Sebastian Maniscalco, and P.J. Byrne— will be in theaters on November 21st. Check out the trailer below.

Official synopsis reads:

Academy Award® nominee Viggo Mortensen (Eastern Promises, The Lord of the Rings trilogy) and Academy Award® winner Mahershala Ali (Moonlight, Hidden Figures) star in Participant Media and DreamWorks Pictures’ Green Book. In his foray into powerfully dramatic work as a feature director, Peter Farrelly helms the film inspired by a true friendship that transcended race, class and the 1962 Mason-Dixon line.

When Tony Lip (Mortensen), a bouncer from an Italian-American neighborhood in the Bronx, is hired to drive Dr. Don Shirley (Ali), a world-class Black pianist, on a concert tour from Manhattan to the Deep South, they must rely on “The Green Book” to guide them to the few establishments that were then safe for African-Americans. Confronted with racism, danger—as well as unexpected humanity and humor—they are forced to set aside differences to survive and thrive on the journey of a lifetime.

Tags:   news, trailer, roadtrip, film news, Green Book

Related:   Hidden Figures, Moonlight, Eastern Promises



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