IFC films has released the first trailer for director Mira Nair’s upcoming adaptation of Mohsin Hamid’s novel by the same name The Reluctant Fundamentalist. The film centers around a young Pakistani Princeton graduate (Riz Ahmed) chasing corporate success on Wall Street and in love with his artist girlfriend (Kate Hudson). Things in his life begin to change after 9/11 and conflicts begin to arise between his American Dream and his call to his family’s homeland.
The film is told through flashbacks, as Ahmed’s character is being interviewed by a journalist (Liev Schreiber), who is trying to uncover the truth behind a kidnapping.
It looks a like a good movie, Kate Hudson being involved is kind of worrisome. I can’t think of a good movie she’s done since Almost Famous. Hopefully, this film works and doesn’t get to bogged down with the social issues the film is tackling.
The cast also includes Kiefer Sutherland, Martin Donovan and Nelsan Ellis.
We begin in 2011 in Lahore. At an outdoor café a Pakistani man named Changez (Riz Ahmed) tells Bobby (Liev Schreiber), an American journalist, about his experiences in the United States. Roll back ten years, and we find a younger Changez fresh from Princeton, seeking fortune and glory on Wall Street. The American Dream seems well within his grasp, complete with a smart and gorgeous artist girlfriend, Erica (Kate Hudson). But when the Twin Towers are attacked, a cultural divide slowly begins to crack open between Changez and Erica. Changez’s dream soon begins to slip into nightmare: profiled, wrongfully arrested, strip-searched and interrogated, he is transformed from a well-educated, upwardly mobile businessman to a scapegoat and perceived enemy. With time, he begins to hear the call of his own homeland. Taking us through the culturally rich and beguiling worlds of New York, Lahore and Istanbul, The Reluctant Fundamentalist is a story about conflicting ideologies where perception and suspicion have the power to determine life or death.