Oscar-winning writer and director Alexander Payne wasted no time to direct his next feature after the success of 2011’s The Descendants. His next film is a low-key black and white feature titled Nebraska. The film was surprisingly included in this year’s line-up for the Cannes Film Festival. Following the Cannes announcement, Paramount has now scheduled a promising release date right in the heart of Oscar season.
Alexander Payne’s Nebraska is officially set for a limited release on November 22nd. The film will go head-to-head with The Hunger Games: Catching Fire. While The Hunger Games: Catching Fire is destined to be a box office juggernaut, the inclusion of Nebraska on that particular day gives moviegoers a promising choice.
Nebraska stars Oscar-nominated actor Bruce Dern as an aging, booze-addled father who makes the trip from Montana to Nebraska with his estranged son (Saturday Night Live alum Will Forte) in order to claim a million dollar Publisher’s Clearing House sweepstakes prize.
Scheduling the film in a prime November release date assures that studio has a lot of faith in Alexander Payne and his next film. Every one of Payne’s previous films since 1999’s Election has been award season favorites. We’ll soon discover how well the film turns out in just a few short weeks when it premieres in France.