Jennifer Connelly Has Troubles In First Trailer For Dustin Lance Black's Virginia

Dustin Lance Black is best known for his work as a writer, but he's been slowly developing as a director over the last decade or so. While most of what he's done has consisted of shorts and documentaries, his first feature, The Journey of Jared Price, came out all the way back in 2000, long before he won the Academy Award for his work on the script for Gus Van Sant's Milk. It's been a long time since Black has run a production of his own, his last directorial effort coming in the form of a 2004 episode of Faking It, but now's he's making his return with the upcoming Virginia.

First premiering at the 2010 Toronto Film Festival, the drama has an all-star cast that includes Jennifer Connelly, Ed Harris, Emma Roberts, Amy Madigan, Yeardley Smith, Harrison Gilbertson, and Toby Jones. It's taken a while to get to the States, but now the movie is set to arrive in theaters next month and today the first trailer arrived online. Check it out below and see it in HD over on Apple (opens in new tab).

Based on an original screenplay by Black, the story follows a woman named Virginia (Connelly) who is doing her best to raise her son, Emmet (Gilbertson), and get out of the southern town where she lives. While she's carried on an affair with Mormon Sheriff Richard Tipton (Harris) for a long time, things get complicated not just because he decides to run for public office, but because Emmett begins to date Tipton's daughter (Roberts). Virginia arrives in theaters on May 18th.

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