If Jason Segel’s work on this season’s How I Met Your Mother has been any indication, the actor is ready for something very different (Segel literally FaceTimed in one performance of the ending sitcom, so he’s certainly not as committed as he used to be), and now he appears to be getting it in a big way.
The Wrap reports that Segel will star in James Ponsoldt’s The End of the Tour, headliing the feature as beloved and deceased author David Foster Wallace. Jesse Eisenberg will come along for the ride, playing Rolling Stone reported David Lipsky in the feature.
Ponsoldt, who previously directed such gems as Smashed and The Spectacular Now, will direct from a script by playwright Donald Margulies, who adapted Lipsky’s book, “Although Of Course You End Up Becoming Yourself: A Road Trip With David Foster Wallace” for the film.
The film will reportedly center on “Lipsky accompanying Wallace across the country on a book tour promoting ‘Infinite Jest,’ just as Wallace starts to become famous. Along the way, jealousy and competition bubbles up between the two writers as they discuss women, depression and the pros and cons of fame.”
Ponsoldt is a great fit for this project, as he’s well-versed in putting tangled and fraught relationships on the big screen, and while Segel has yet to take on something this meaty in his feature work, he could certainly surprise as Wallace. We assume that Eisenberg will play his usual role of cautious and nervous sidekick.
The film is set to start filming sometime in February or March.
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