'True Story' Trailer: Deadly Game of Cat and Mouse Between Jonah Hill and James Franco

Thursday, 18 December 2014 20:35 Written by  iamrogue
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'True Story' Trailer: Deadly Game of Cat and Mouse Between Jonah Hill and James Franco

Cyber-war is a-brewing over The Interview, a comedy in which James Franco is exceedingly silly.

What better time to unveil the first trailer for True Story, a dramatic thriller in which Franco and Jonah Hill get really, really serious.

The title's ironic, because True Story is all about lies and the slippery, elusive nature of the truth.

Hill stars as Michael Finkel, a New York Times reporter who falsified big chunks of a story in 2002.  Right after getting fired from the paper of record, Finkel discovered that Christian Longo, a fugitive on the lamb after murdering his whole family, claimed to be Finkel when he was arrested in Mexico.

An already-weird situation got way, way weirder when Longo would only speak to Finkel, leading to months of exchanges between the disgraced journalist and the killer awaiting trial.  While Finkel investigates Longo's claims of innocence, his subject engages in a cat and mouse game with mysterious intent.

True Story is, you know, based on a true story.  This trailer, courtesy of Yahoo! Movies, makes it clear that this is a two-hander between Hill and Franco, but Felicity Jones, who is picking up all manner of awards season steam on account of The Theory of Everything, might just get to do more than fret as the obligatory girlfriend.

The movie is the directorial debut of Rupert Goold, who co-wrote the screenplay with David Kajganich.

True Story is set to premiere at the Sundance Film Festival next month, so we'll hear some reactions from critics and festival-goers before the winter's over.  And we'll see it this spring, since True Story is scheduled to hit theaters on April 10, 2015.

Check out the official synopsis and the first official poster for True Story:

When disgraced New York Times reporter Michael Finkel (Jonah Hill) meets accused killer Christian Longo (James Franco) – who has taken on Finkel’s identity – his investigation morphs into an unforgettable game of cat-and-mouse. Based on actual events, Finkel’s relentless pursuit of Longo’s true story encompasses murder, love, deceit and redemption.

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