Now that Leonardo DiCaprio has finally picked up his Oscar, it could be argued that Jake Gyllenhaal may be the best actor to not have earned the accolade. It doesn't help that he's only been nominated on the one occasion, even though I personally feel he deserved many more nods. The first trailer for Stronger suggests that Jake Gyllenhaal could very much be in contention when awards season comes around in a few months time. That's because just watching the trailer for Stronger will not only immediately make you weep uncontrollably, but may also encourage you to imitate a Boston accent.
So. Many. Feels. Stronger is based on the book of the same name written by Jeff Bauman and Bret Witter, which depicts Jeff Bauman's struggles to come to terms with losing both of his legs in the Boston Marathon bombing in April of 2013. Jake Gyllenhaal portrays Jeff Bauman, while Tatiana Maslany will play his girlfriend Erin Hurley, and Miranda Richardson is signed on as Patty Bauman, Jeff's mother.
The trailer for Stronger suggests that while it will be a brutal and highly emotional ride, there will be some lighter moments thrown in there for good measure, too. Jake Gyllenhaal has always had a knack for finding humor in a scene without wrecking its emotional heft, and that'll be much needed in such a dramatic tale.
It's not just the strong cast for Stronger that makes it such a tantalizing prospect, though, as the film also marks David Gordon Green's return to straight-up drama since his 2000 debut George Washington. OK, I guess there was 2014's Manglehorn with Al Pacino, but that film deserves to be forgotten about forever. In recent years, David Gordon Green has overseen All The Real Girls, Undertow, Pineapple Express, Your Highness, The Sitter, Prince Avalanche, Joe, and Our Brand Is Crisis, which had dramatic moments, but Stronger looks like a genuine awards season contender.
Mostly because, as well as including the towering Jake Gyllenhaal and revolving around such weighty material, it also has the added benefit of being set in Boston. And we all know how much the Academy loves to reward films from New England. Last year alone Manchester By The Sea was a mainstay at the Golden Globes, Oscars, et al, and the trailer for Stronger already proves that it may have one-upped Kenneth Lonergan's movie with scenes at TD Garden and Fenway Park.
We'll get to see what else Stronger has in store for us when it is released on September 22. Those of you who want to know what else might be in awards season contention come the end of this year should check out CinemaBlend's full 2017 movies schedule. If you're wanting to see Jake Gyllenhaal in action before then you're in luck, because Okja will be on Netflix starting June 28.