Coming Soon has the exclusive first look at the poster of a movie I’ve been anticipating for some time – The Great New Wonderful. It’s got a great cast – Tony Shalhoub, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Judy Greer, Edie Falco, Olympia Dukakis – and it’s about New Yorkers living a year after 9/11. And it’s directed by the guy who made Dude, Where’s My Car.
Seriously! I like Danny Leiner’s work, and I’m interested to see what he can do with a more serious concept (although I understand the film has humor). He actually directed a recent episode of The Sopranos, the one where Christopher goes to LA and Artie Bucco fights it out with Racetrack Higgins from Newsies. I loved the episode, and a hearty fuck you to the people who think this season is bad – I can’t get enough of these character pieces, and I think that the structure for more eventful episodes is being carefully constructed.
The Great New Wonderful opens on June 23rd, and you can click here to see the whole poster. My question is – why is there only one Tower? Is this film set in the Ex Machina universe?
And here’s the official synopsis of the film:
The Great New Wonderful is populated by people you know: New Yorkers you see on the elevator, in the supermarket, at the gym. Without a trace of sentimentality, director Danny Leiner, a Brooklyn native, and his extraordinary cast paints five portraits of life in this city a year after the attacks of 9/11.
Dr. Trabulous (Tony Shalhoub) is an orthodox psychologist who utilizes his unique insights to unearth the buried rage of an ordinary man (Jim Gaffigan) who has witnessed an office tragedy.
Emme Keeler (Maggie Gyllenhaal), the ruthless proprietor of The Great New Wonderful – a leading purveyor of pastries to the New York society set – struggles to unseat NY’s reigning Queen of Cake (Edie Falco), to great success and profound consequences.
Allison & David Burbage (Judy Greer, Tom McCarthy) struggle to keep their marriage together while coping with their increasingly difficult and strangely self-possessed 10-year-old son.
Avi and Satish (Naseerudin Shah, Sharat Saxena), immigrants, best friends and security guards, travel around the city casually observing contemporary America until dramatic events force them to re-evaluate their opposing perspectives.
Judy Berman’s (Olympia Dukakis) routine is upset when she reconnects with a childhood friend whose passion for life kindles unexpected desires of her own.
One year after 9/11, these stories reveal that being lost always precedes a new beginning.