Universal Pictures has released the first trailer for Green Book from comedy director Peter Farrelly. The film sees a blue-collar bouncer (Viggo Mortensen) hired to drive a pianist (Mahershala Ali) on a concert tour.
While the two are an unlikely pair, the road trip will help forge a friendship between them that will transcend race during that 1960s. Check out the full trailer below.
Of course, when you see a film like this, one can’t help but think of Oscar potential. While that may be the case, these kind of stories are the ones that we need right now, especially when the current leadership is using tactics to divide a country.
Plus the chemistry between Ali and Mortensen seen genuine and sincere. The two are going to learn a lot more from each other than they realized and that will help forge a beautiful friendship. But along the way, we will see Mortensen witness the racial prejudices that Ali’s character has to endure. But when the film takes a look at the identity struggle Ali’s character will have to go through as he is forced to shake hands with the very race that looks down upon him.
Here’s the official plot synopsis:
Academy Award® nominee Viggo Mortensen (Eastern Promises, The Lord of the Rings trilogy) and Academy Award® winner Mahershala Ali (Moonlight, Hidden Figures) star in Participant Media and DreamWorks Pictures’ Green Book. In his foray into powerfully dramatic work as a feature director, Peter Farrelly helms the film inspired by a true friendship that transcended race, class and the 1962 Mason-Dixon line.
When Tony Lip (Mortensen), a bouncer from an Italian-American neighborhood in the Bronx, is hired to drive Dr. Don Shirley (Ali), a world-class Black pianist, on a concert tour from Manhattan to the Deep South, they must rely on “The Green Book” to guide them to the few establishments that were then safe for African-Americans. Confronted with racism, danger—as well as unexpected humanity and humor—they are forced to set aside differences to survive and thrive on the journey of a lifetime.
Jim Burke (The Descendants), Charles B. Wessler (The Heartbreak Kid) produce alongside Farrelly’s fellow writers, Brian Currie and Nick Vallelonga, and Farrelly. The drama is executive produced by Participant’s Jeff Skoll (The Help) and Jonathan King (Lincoln), along with Octavia Spencer (Fruitvale Station) and Kwame L. Parker (Kill Bill series), as well as Cinetic Media’s John Sloss (Boyhood) and Steven Farneth. Linda Cardellini (Brokeback Mountain, The Founder) co-stars.
The film also stars Sebastian Maniscalco, Dimiter D. Marinov, and P.J. Byrne.
Green Book hits theaters starting on November 21, 2018.