David Foster Wallace was known as one of the most brilliant and interesting minds on the literary scene in the ’90s, rising to notoriety when his novel Infinite Jest became wildly popular. In James Ponsaldt’s latest film The End of the Tour he takes us into the life of Wallace as he struggled to handle the success of his novel. The film stars Jason Segel as Wallace and Jesse Eisenberg as David Lipsky – the journalist who went on a roadtrip with the author and chronicled their time together.
A24 will release the film in theaters on July 31st and recently published the official synopsis:
THE END OF THE TOUR tells the story of the five-day interview between Rolling Stone reporter (and novelist) David Lipsky (Jesse Eisenberg) and acclaimed novelist David Foster Wallace (Jason Segel), which took place right after the 1996 publication of Wallace’s groundbreaking epic novel, Infinite Jest. As the days go on, a tenuous yet intense relationship seems to develop between journalist and subject. The two men bob and weave around each other, sharing laughs and also possibly revealing hidden frailties – but it’s never clear how truthful they are being with each other. Ironically, the interview was never published, and five days of audio tapes were packed away in Lipsky’s closet. The two men did not meet again. The film is based on Lipsky’s critically acclaimed memoir about this unforgettable encounter, written following Wallace’s 2008 suicide. Both Segel and Eisenberg reveal great depths of emotion in their performances and the film is directed with humor and tenderness by Sundance vet James Ponsoldt from Pulitzer- Prize winner Donald Margulies’ insightful and heartbreaking screenplay.
Watch the trailer below.