Joaquin Phoenix is heading on a road trip after laughing his way to an Academy Award with the huge hit that has been Joker.
The newly-crowned Oscar winner will next be seen in a drama written and directed by Mike Mills, known for 20th Century Women and Beginners. The feature is rumoured to be titled C’mon, C’mon, and is named as such on its IMDB listing.
As reported by Deadline, the film will have Phoenix playing “an artist left to take care of his precocious young nephew as they forge an unexpected bond over a cross country trip.” Furthermore, the plot “will also touch – albeit tangentially – on mental illness as the boy’s father struggles with bipolar disorder.”
The cast includes Gaby Hoffman (Transparent), Woody Norman (Poldark) and Kenneth Kynt Bryan (Claws).
The road trip narrative framing is all-too familiar with smaller, indie-type fare, but what’s of note and could suggest we’re in for something a little out of the norm is the fact that Peter Jackson’s Weta Digital has been brought on to craft visual effects for the film. Or, it could mean nothing.
Filming on the project, which reportedly had a budget of around $US10 million, was recently completed in New Orleans. A24 is behind the film, both as producer and financier, and will be taking the project to next week’s European Film Market, where it’s expected to be in high demand.
As of now, the film has been scheduled for U.S. release on May 29.