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New Richard Linklater Movie Stars Steve Carell, Laurence Fishburne and Bryan Cranston


Richard Linklater has been a trendsetting writer and director for almost 30 years. He’s brought us this:


. . . and this:


. . .and this:

Need we go on? I mean, we can.  Dude is a creative monster. And now he’s joining forces with other BIG, BIG names on a new movie:


Slate reports:

Richard Linklater will follow up his bro-ierEverybody Wants Some!! with something a little more serious: Last Flag Flying stars Steve Carell as Doc, a former Navy medic whose son is killed during the Iraq War. Not content with letting his son’s remains reside in Arlington National Cemetery, Doc recruits two of his ex-Marine buddies (Bryan Cranston and Laurence Fishburne) to help him drive the casket up the east coast to be buried at his home in New Hampshire.

The film was adapted by Richard Linklater and Darryl Ponicsan from Ponicsan’s novel Last Flag Flying, a sequel to The Last Detail, which itself inspired the 1973 Hal Ashby film that earned Jack Nicholson an Oscar nomination for Best Actor. Given the awards appeal of Last Flag Flying, Cranston, who takes over Nicholson’s role as the hard-drinking Billy “Badass” Buddusky, might just score one of his own.

Last Flag Flying will debut at the New York Film Festival on Sept. 28 before hitting theaters Nov. 3.

For all his critical accolades, Linklater’s awards shelf is kinda bare. But hey, that’s how it goes sometimes.

But, IndieWire adds:

Linklater’s “Everybody Wants Some!!” skipped awards season, but his 2014 magnum opus “Boyhood” was a major contender at the 87th Academy Awards, earning nominations for Best Picture and Best Director, among four others. Linklater lost to “Birdman” in both categories. “Last Flag Flying” marks the director’s return to the awards race, and early word is that Cranston gives one of his best movie performances to date.

Check out the trailer: