Three of our favorite Hollywood Jews, plus Jessica Chastain are starring in a film together. What could be better?
James Franco, Mila Kunis and Zach Braff are the stars of the upcoming indie “Tar.” The movie is based on a collection of poems and was written and directed by a dozen NYU students, so of course James Franco would be starring in it, as he is Hollywood’s reigning commercial-auteur crossover prince.
The Los Angeles Times has a bit more detail about the film:
“The independently produced ‘Tar’ is based on the 1983 book of the same name by poet C.K. Williams. Williams, who recently retired from Princeton, has won just about every poetry award possible: A Pulitzer, a National Book Award, the National Book Critics Circle Award, and an L.A. Times Book Prize among them. To that list of accolades he can add a film starring James Franco.”
Quite cheeky, Times! The paper continues:
While ‘Tar’ was a poetry collection described by the Poetry Foundation as employing an ‘expansive line which allows for philosophical investigation and qualification,’ the film takes the form of biography, moving through Williams’ life from the 1940s to the 1980s. Several different actors play the poet, including Franco. When the movie screened at the Rome Film Festival in 2012, Williams himself appeared in the film (although he’s not in this official trailer).
The movie co-stars Mila Kunis as Williams’ wife, with Zach Braff as a friend. It includes appearances by Bruce Campbell and Jessica Chastain who, as a 1940s mother shot against gorgeous sun flares, seems to be reprising her role from Terrence Malik’s ‘Tree of Life.’
This all sounds fantastic. When you combine three of the best Jewish actors in Hollywood, poetry and Jessica Chastain, how could we resist? A trailer has just been released for the film, and it looks amazing.
J-Connection: James Franco! Zach Braff and Mila Kunis are all Jewish. Jessica Chastain is not, but we like her anyway.