Rudderless Trailer: Billy Crudup Loses His Son in William H. Macy’s Directorial Debut

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The first trailer has been released for Rudderless, an upcoming drama starring Billy Crudup and Anton Yelchin. Rudderless, the directorial debut from actor William H. Macy, sees Crudup play a man who finds a box filled with his recently deceased son’s demo tapes and lyrics. As a way of coping with the pain of losing his boy and of fulfilling some of his son’s dreams, he ends up forming a rock band with Anton Yelchin’s troubled character. The Rudderless trailer provides a look at what appears to be quite a strong film, with Crudup putting in some strong emotions alongside those vocals. The music sounds good, the supporting cast is decent and the script seems to have emotional depth. We’re in.

Rudderless also stars Felicity Huffman, Jamie Chung, Selena Gomez and Laurence Fishburne.

Official synopsis for Rudderless:

In William H. Macy’s moving directorial debut RUDDERLESS, Billy Crudup plays Sam, a former high-profile advertising executive whose life is torn apart by the sudden death of his son. Living off the grid on a docked sailboat, he wastes away his days while drowning his pain in alcohol. When Sam discovers a box filled with his son’s demo tapes and lyrics, his own child’s musical talent is a revelation for him, a grieving father who felt he’d been absent from his son’s life. Communing with his deceased son’s dashed dreams, Sam learns each song and eventually musters the will to perform one at a local bar. When Quentin, a young musician in the audience, is captivated by the song, the unlikely duo forms a rock band that becomes surprisingly popular and revitalizes both of their lives.

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ETA: USA (limited) & VOD – 17 October, 2014.