The first trailer has been released for Our Brand is Crisis, an upcoming political satire starring Sandra Bullock.
Bullock stars as “Calamity” Jane Bodine, a political campaign strategist who is coaxed out of self-imposed retirement to boost a Bolivian presidential candidate failing badly in the polls and to take on her professional nemesis, Pat Candy (Billy Bob Thornton), who’s now coaching the opposition.
Based on the 2005 documentary of the same name, this George Clooney and Grant Heslov-produced (Argo) dramedy looks to be packing in the satire into quite the digestible package. Bullock appears to be putting in a strong turn, as does Thornton, and director David Gordon Green (Pineapple Express, George Washington) has a chance to balance his comedy leanings with his more serious fare. Adding to the possible awards attention the film could receive is Oscar-nominated screenwriter Peter Straughan, known for The Debt, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, and Frank.
Our Brand is Crisis, also starring Anthony Mackie, Zoe Kazan, Scoot McNairy, Ann Dowd and Joaquim de Almeida, will be getting released in the U.S. on October 30.
Synopsis for Our Brand is Crisis:
“Our Brand is Crisis,” from director from David Gordon Green (“Pineapple Express,” “George Washington”), stars Oscar winners Sandra Bullock (“The Blind Side”) and Billy Bob Thornton (“Sling Blade”).
A Bolivian presidential candidate failing badly in the polls enlists the firepower of an elite American management team, led by the deeply damaged but still brilliant strategist “Calamity” Jane Bodine (Bullock). In self-imposed retirement following a scandal that earned her nickname and rocked her to her core, Jane is coaxed back into the game for the chance to beat her professional nemesis, the loathsome Pat Candy (Thornton), now coaching the opposition.
But as Candy zeroes in on every vulnerability – both on and off the campaign trail – Jane is plunged into a personal crisis as intense as the one her team exploits nationally to boost their numbers. Dramatic, rapid-fire and laced with satire, “Our Brand is Crisis” reveals the cynical machinations and private battles of world-class political consultants for whom nothing is sacred and winning is all that matters.
The drama also stars Anthony Mackie (“Captain America: The Winter Soldier”), Joaquim de Almeida (“Fast Five”), Ann Dowd (“Side Effects,” HBO’s “The Leftovers”), Scoot McNairy (“Gone Girl,” “Argo”) and Zoe Kazan (“Ruby Sparks”).