Take a look at the new trailer Roadside Attractions has released for Joe Bell, an upcoming emotional-looking drama led by Mark Wahlberg.
The film is based on the true story of Jadin Bell (played by Reid Miller), an American teen who ended his own life at the age of 15 following intense bullying for his orientation, and his father Joe Bell (Wahlberg), who afterwards embarked on a self-reflective walk across America to speak about the real costs of bullying.
It’s good to see Wahlberg taking on dramatic roles in smaller films, and this devastating true story could see him packing an emotional punch as opposed to the muscle-backed ones. The film has seen mixed early reviews, with criticism levelled at what some reviewers claim to be a formulaic approach and heavy-handedness. We’ll see.
The film is directed by Reinaldo Marcus Green (Monsters and Men), who is also behind the upcoming Will Smith-as-Venus-and-Serena Williams’-father movie Richard. The script was penned by Larry McMurtry and Diana Ossana, who earned Oscars for writing Ang Lee’s 2005 picture Brokeback Mountain. Wahlberg is among the producing team, which also includes Cary Joji Fukunaga, the True Detective and Beasts of No Nation helmer who was once attached to direct. Jake Gyllenhaal is among the executive producers.
Also starring Connie Britton, Gary Sinise and Morgan Lily, Joe Bell will be in US cinemas on July 23rd.