As a big fan of Crazy, Stupid, Love., I’m keen to see Dan Fogelman make his feature directorial debut next year with Danny Collins, the indie musical comedy drama that sees Al Pacino take the lead as the titular ageing rocker.
Last week brought with it the first poster and set of images for the film, and as promised, the first trailer has landed today over on Apple, giving us a taste of the tone Fogelman has cut with his first venture in the director’s chair.
Inspired by a true story, Al Pacino stars as aging 1970s rocker Danny Collins, who can’t give up his hard-living ways. But when his manager (Christopher Plummer) uncovers a 40 year-old undelivered letter written to him by John Lennon, he decides to change course and embarks on a heartfelt journey to rediscover his family, find true love and begin a second act.
Pacino is surrounded by an impressive ensemble, headed up by Annette Bening, Jennifer Garner, Bobby Cannavale, and Christopher Plummer, with Josh Peck and Melissa Benoist completing the line-up, and what looks and sounds like an appearance from Nick Offerman, if I’m not wildly mistaken, in the trailer below.
Fogelman directs from his own script, with Jessie Nelson (I Am Sam) and Nimitt Mankad (Trumbo) producing, and past collaborator Denise Di Novi (Crazy, Stupid, Love.), Shivani Rawat (Captain Fantastic), Monica Levinson (Borat), and Declan Baldwin (Adventureland) executive producing.
Along with featuring music from John Lennon, last week we heard that Ryan Adams and Emmy nominee Theodore Shapiro (Game Change, Infinitely Polar Bear) have come on board to score the film together.
Danny Collins is set to be released in the US on March 20th, 2015. Still no word yet on a UK release date, but hopefully it will be crossing the Atlantic sometime next year.