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As a director, Robert Redford has repeatedly been drawn to narratives that if not recounting real events, are often inspired by them. As follow-up to his historical drama The Conspirator, which focused on the vengeful aftermath of Lincoln's assassination, Redford offers an adaptation of the Neil Gordon novel The Company You Keep, which uses the 1960s far-left radical group the Weather Underground as the base for a provocative thriller.

Set in contemporary America, Shia LaBeouf heads a star-studded cast playing Ben Shepard, a journalist who desperately needs a scoop to keep his job. When news breaks that a member of the Weather Underground (Susan Sarandon) who has long been wanted in connection with a bank robbery and murder has been arrested, interest in the group and its lone unaccounted for member is renewed. Chasing the story of what ever happened to fugitive Nicholas Sloan, Shepard pulls strings with an ex (Anna Kendrick) at the FBI, and soon discovers a mysterious man named Jim Grant (Robert Redford), whose paper trail only goes back to 1978. But as you might expect, this is only beginning of the rabbit hole The Company You Keep lies out. Dive in with the film's TIFF trailer courtesy of the Playlist:

The Company You Keep will make its world premiere at the Venice Film Festival on September 6th; it's North American premiere will follow on September 9th at the Toronto International Film Festival. Sony Pictures Classics acquired domestic distribution rights to the drama last week, but no release date has yet been announced.