The trailer has arrived for A Million Little Pieces, a film adaptation of the controversial 2003 book written by James Frey.
The book was initially marketed as a memoir, a scathing and brutally honest account of Frey’s addiction and stint in rehab. It was a huge bestseller and received quite the push when it was chosen as an Oprah’s Book Club selection. As you may remember, the truth came out that many of the things in the book never actually happened. Oprah was peeved and publicly shamed Frey for the ruse and the book has since been published as a semi-fictional novel.
Aaron Taylor-Johnson plays Frey in this film version, and while there’s no denying the unfortunate stain this has from the lies of the book, this actually looks like a potentially strong drama with an all-in lead performance. There’s a great supporting cast too, including Billy Bob Thornton, Charlie Hunnam, Giovanni Ribisi, Odessa Young and Juliette Lewis.
Taylor-Johnson co-wrote the screenplay with the director (and his wife) Sam Taylor-Johnson, whose previous credits include Fifty Shades of Grey and Nowhere Boy.
A Million Little Pieces hits US cinemas on December 6.
Official synopsis for A Million Little Pieces:
An alcoholic and a drug addict, 23 year-old James has two options: treatment or death. After waking up on a plane with a smashed up face and no memory of the past few weeks, he heads to rehab where he discovers much more than detox and therapy. As James endures the white-knuckle journey of mending his broken body, he heals his broken soul by connecting with other kindred spirits who also yearn and fight for a better life.