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Academy Award winner Reese Witherspoon doesn't typically do more than a movie a year, but already 2014 is already off to an inauspicious start. After months of touring around the festival circuit, Atom Egoyan's Devil's Knot finally arrived in U.S. theaters in May, and despite having star-power that included both Witherspoon and Colin Firth, the film ended up being a complete dud, presenting no new insight or depth to the case of the West Memphis Three. As a change of pace, however, Witherspoon actually has a number of projects that could wind up tipping the scales in her favor in the back nine of this year. One of the titles is the new drama The Good Lie, which has just launched its first trailer.
Directed by Philippe Falardeau, a Canadian filmmaker making his U.S. debut, The Good Lie stars Reese Witherspoon as Carrie Davis, a woman who agrees to help a group of four Sudanese refugees who win a lottery for the chance to move to the United States and start a new life. As you can see in the trailer, which was released on Warner Bros. official YouTube page, the movie also stars House of Cards' Corey Stoll as well as up-and-coming comedienne Sarah Baker, best known for her roles in The Campaign and an episode of Louie from earlier this season. In addition to the trailer, we also have this new poster for the film:
Feel free to call me crazy in the comments section, but am I the only one who feels like we already saw this movie earlier this year when it was called Million Dollar Arm? Of course, you have to swap out "baseball" for some much more dire circumstances, but both seem to be the story of workaholic Americans who become closely affiliated with a group of foreigners who they tasked to help. In the end, however, the foreigners end up teaching the American a thing or two about themselves as well. And if Reese Witherspoon is Jon Hamm in this scenario, then Corey Stoll is definitely Lake Bell.
This may not be the winner Witherspoon is looking for, but the good news is that she has two more films getting released this December. First, on the fifth, she will be at the center of Wild, the new movie from Dallas Buyer Club filmmaker Jean-Marc Vallee. After that, on December 12th, we will see the limited release of Paul Thomas Anderson's long-awaited Inherent Vice, which features an ensemble that includes Joaquin Phoenix, Josh Brolin, Benicio Del Toro, Owen Wilson, Martin Short, Jena Malone and many more.
Margaret Nagle, who has served as a supervising producer and writer on Boardwalk Empire, penned the scrpt for The Good Lie as he first feature screenplay. Look for the movie in theaters on October 3rd.