Can’t Hardly Wait: The End of the Tour

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In case you hadn’t noticed, I’m a pretty big Jason Segel fan, so when I found out that he had been cast in a new film opposite Jesse Eisenberg I was excited.

And then when I discovered that in that film Segel would be playing the late legendary writer David Foster Wallace in the bio-pic, The End of the Tour – opposite Eisenberg’s David Lipsky – I was gripped by another bout of impatience.

The casting, the story, everything about this film sounds amazing.

It’s based on Rolling Stone reporter Lipsky’s book Although Of Course You End Up Becoming Yourself: A Road Trip With David Foster Wallace, which was written based on conversations between Wallace and Lipsky during the book tour for Infinite Jest.

Segel is the perfect choice to play Wallace – we’ve seen him play serious before in Jeff Who Lives At Home – but he’s never had a chance to really stretch his acting wings in an iconic role. And now that it’s been cast, it’s suddenly clear just how much Segel looks like Wallace!

It’s a tricky one though – Wallace has never been portrayed on film before, and his loyal literary fan base are difficult to impress. Segel and director James Ponsoldt will have to pitch the character just right in order to win them over. Wallace suffered from depression, so perhaps Segel will be able to exorcise some of his own darker moments from the past year through the role, and in turn bring that depth to his portrayal.

In any case, I’m really looking forward to seeing Segel tackle the part, and clearly the folks at Sony are too! It didn’t take them long to pre-buy The End of the Tour at the Berlinale film market last month.

Right now Segel and co. are shooting the movie in Grand Rapids, MI, where they’ve been braving the harsh winter, and tomorrow will even take over a stretch of the interstate for filming.

So that’s only a year or so now to wait for it to hit the festivals – I’ll be counting the days…

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