The director of Sideways and The Descendants has got an independent, black and white gem in the pipeline called Nebraska. We posted the first official photo the other day, featuring co-stars Bruce Dern and his on-screen, estranged son played by Will Forte (in his first dramatic role).
At its core, Nebraska is a road trip movie. It might be one of the few belonging to the subgenre that won’t be directly identified as a comedy. Being that the film has not received an official synopsis, here’s the gist: “[Nebraska is about] an aging alcoholic father who thinks he’s won a million dollar Publisher’s Clearing House sweepstakes prize. He is unbowed when his family tries to dissaude him from making the long trip from Montana to Nebraska to cash in his winnings. So his estranged 20-something son—who doesn’t believe the ticket is a winner—is forced to go along with him for the ride to keep him out of trouble, providing an opportunity to bond with his father after years of separation.”
The film also stars Bob Odenkirk, Stacy Keach, Devin Ratray, and Rance Howard. Payne directs a script written by first-timer Bob Nelson. If you’re a new feature film screenwriter and Alexander Payne has chosen to direct your script, I can’t imagine a better stamp of approval.
Nebraska will hit the festival circuit this month. It’s Payne’s first competitive entry at Cannes since About Schmidt in 2002.