Take a look at the first trailer released for Green Book, an upcoming picture starring Viggo Mortensen and Mahershala Ali.
The film is based on the true friendship that developed between an Italian-American bouncer and the world-class Black pianist he was hired to drive on a concert tour from Manhattan to the Deep South in the ’60s.
Mortensen looks to have fully immersed himself as this character; he’s almost unrecognisable. Add Oscar winner Ali and you’ve got two standout leads we didn’t know how badly we wanted to see together in a film until now.
Interestingly, this Oscar-friendly-looking film comes from director Peter Farrelly, who’s one half of the Farrelly brothers, directors of wild comedies such as Dumb and Dumber, There’s Something About Mary and Me, Myself & Irene. He hasn’t had a hit in a while (The Three Stooges, Movie 43, Dumber and Dumber To, anyone?), so here’s hoping he’s found a winning new trajectory here. Farrelly co-wrote the screenplay alongside Brian Hayes Currie and Nick Vallelonga
Green Book, also starring Linda Cardellini, Dimiter D. Marinov and Mike Hatton, will be hitting the US on 21 November and arrives in Australia on 24 January 2019.
Official synopsis for Green Book:
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.