Click to Skip Ad
Closing in...
Rumor: 'Man Of Steel 2' Is On "Permanent Hold" Rumor: 'Man Of Steel 2' Is On "Permanent Hold" New Image From 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' Plus J.J. Abrams Talks About First Seeing 'Star Wars' New Image From 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' Plus J.J. Abrams Talks About First Seeing 'Star Wars' Is There Still Life In The Franchise? 'Terminator: Genisys' Sets Record For 4th Biggest Debut Ever For A U.S. Movie In China Is There Still Life In The Franchise? 'Terminator: Genisys' Sets Record For 4th Biggest Debut Ever For A U.S. Movie In China Max Landis Wonders If The Flop Of 'American Ultra' Means That Original Movies Are Dead Max Landis Wonders If The Flop Of 'American Ultra' Means That Original Movies Are Dead Quentin Tarantino Talks David O. Russell, ‘True Detective,’ ‘It Follows’ And Much More Quentin Tarantino Talks David O. Russell, ‘True Detective,’ ‘It Follows’ And Much More Colin Trevorrow Expands His Twitter Comments Regarding Gender Imbalance Among Directors In Hollywood Colin Trevorrow Expands His Twitter Comments Regarding Gender Imbalance Among Directors In Hollywood Tom Hardy Rules London Twice Over In New Trailer, Posters & Images For Gangster Tale 'Legend' Tom Hardy Rules London Twice Over In New Trailer, Posters & Images For Gangster Tale 'Legend' Secret New Documentary Directed By Paul Thomas Anderson, More Added To New York Film Festival Line Up Secret New Documentary Directed By Paul Thomas Anderson, More Added To New York Film Festival Line Up ‘American History X’ Director Tony Kaye Says He’s Still In Director’s Jail ‘American History X’ Director Tony Kaye Says He’s Still In Director’s Jail The Lost, Orphaned And Long-Delayed Projects Of Harvey Weinstein The Lost, Orphaned And Long-Delayed Projects Of Harvey Weinstein Watch: 5 Baffling And Unnecessary Uses Of CGI In Movies Watch: 5 Baffling And Unnecessary Uses Of CGI In Movies Warner Bros. Exec Says 'Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice' Pushed To 2016 "To Make The Movie Better" Warner Bros. Exec Says 'Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice' Pushed To 2016 "To Make The Movie Better" Jason Bateman Admits Nobody Actually Wanted A Sequel To 'Horrible Bosses' Jason Bateman Admits Nobody Actually Wanted A Sequel To 'Horrible Bosses' 'Batman v Superman' And Why Early Screening Reports Need To Be Taken With A Grain Of Kryptonite 'Batman v Superman' And Why Early Screening Reports Need To Be Taken With A Grain Of Kryptonite The 20 Best Documentaries Of 2015 So Far The 20 Best Documentaries Of 2015 So Far The 25 Best Sci-Fi Films Of The 21st Century So Far The 25 Best Sci-Fi Films Of The 21st Century So Far The 25 Best Animated Films Of The 21st Century So Far The 25 Best Animated Films Of The 21st Century So Far The 50 Best Films Of The Decade So Far The 50 Best Films Of The Decade So Far The 10 All-Time Best Episodes Of 'Parks And Recreation' The 10 All-Time Best Episodes Of 'Parks And Recreation' The 25 Best Horror Films Of The 21st Century So Far The 25 Best Horror Films Of The 21st Century So Far

Jason Segel To Play David Foster Wallace In 'The End Of The Tour' Co-Starring Jesse Eisenberg

The Playlist By Charlie Schmidlin | The Playlist December 12, 2013 at 10:21AM

Of his upcoming biopic, “Hillary,” James Ponsoldt recently told us it “has nothing to do with celebrity of the character…that story is not a cradle-to-the-grave biopic, it’s sort of looking into a keyhole of a very specific period of her life." The “Spectacular Now” director is currently selecting the right young Hillary Clinton to match those points, but in the meantime Ponsoldt has emerged with another surprising biopic with a fixed-timeframe, and it already has quite the intriguing cast assembled.
3
David Foster Wallace Jesse Eisenberg Jason Segel James Ponsoldt

Of his upcoming biopic, “Hillary,” James Ponsoldt recently told us it “has nothing to do with celebrity of the character…that story is not a cradle-to-the-grave biopic, it’s sort of looking into a keyhole of a very specific period of her life." The “Spectacular Now” director is currently selecting the right young Hillary Clinton to match those points, but in the meantime Ponsoldt has emerged with another surprising biopic with a fixed-timeframe, and it already has quite the intriguing cast assembled.

The Wrap reports Ponsoldt has been attached to direct “The End of the Tour," an adaptation of Rolling Stone reporter David Lipsky’s non-fiction account of traveling with acclaimed writer David Foster Wallace on the tail end of his Midwestern “Infinite Jest” book tour. And to pique your interest more, actor Jason Segel has been announced to play Wallace, while Jesse Eisenberg will tackle the role of Lipsky. Charting jealousy and competition between the two, along with frantic travel dates and an unpleasant reader’s escort, Lipsky’s book “Although Of Course You End Up Becoming Yourself: A Road Trip With David Foster Wallace” definitely has the makings of a road trip film, which playwright Donald Margulies will adapt.

Most central in this news is the casting of Segel as Wallace, who passed away in 2008. Aside from certain beats within “The Five Year Engagement” and “Freaks and Geeks," Segel can’t exactly be called the go-to man for dramatic intensity, one seemingly required in taking on the role of Wallace. But we’re optimistic—such a role could easily tip over into imitation or parody, and luckily Ponsoldt has proven himself capable of cutting through artifice to the performance underneath with “Smashed” and “The Spectacular Now.” And the dynamic between Lipsky and Wallace in Lipsky’s book is quite hilarious at times, which Eisenberg and Segel can pull off effortlessly as we’ve seen.

Production is slated to begin in February or March, but what do you think about Segel as Wallace, or Ponsoldt taking on the writer’s story?

This article is related to: The End Of The Tour, Jason Segel, Jesse Eisenberg, James Ponsoldt


The Playlist

The obsessives' guide to contemporary cinema via film discussion, news, reviews, features, nostalgia, movie music, soundtracks, DVDs and more.


E-Mail Updates