Amazon Studios has released the first trailer for their upcoming Richard Linklater film Last Flag Flying. The film is based on Darryl Poniscan’s novel of the same name, which takes place in 2003 and follows three Vietnam War veterans who reunite after decades under quite unfortunate circumstances. After learning the son of Steve Carell’s character has died serving in Iraq, he enlists his former allies to bring the casket up the coast to New Hampshire, rather than be buried in Arlington Cemetery.
This particular story screams Richard Linklater. As displayed in his most recent film Everybody Wants Some!!, he has a big connection with characters and as displayed in this first trailer, the performances by the three main leads are teased to be great. It’ll be interesting to see how the subject matter is received by audiences. It’s something that way too many families have gone through over the past couple years and with Linklater at the helm, there’s no doubt this specific story is being treated with the upmost respect.
The films boasts a great Oscar release date, which makes sense since the emotional backbone the film features will unsurprisingly turn a lot of heads. Check out the first trailer below and after doing so, let me know what you think in the comments. Is it your type of film? How about the main cast? Linklater’s Last Flag Flying will be in select theaters on November 3rd.
In 2003, 30 years after they served together in the Vietnam War, former Navy Corps medic Larry “Doc” Shepherd (Steve Carell) re-unites with ex-Marine Sal Nealon (Bryan Cranston) and Reverend Richard Mueller (Laurence Fishburne) on a different type of mission: to bury Doc’s son, a young Marine killed in the Iraq War. Doc decides to forgo burial at Arlington Cemetery and, with the help of his old buddies, takes the casket on a bittersweet trip up the East Coast to his home in suburban New Hampshire. Along the way, Doc, Sal and Mueller reminisce and come to terms with shared memories of the war that continues to shape their lives. Amazon Studios presents, a Detour film production, a Zenzero Pictures/Cinetic Media production, a Richard Linklater film.