WATCH: Your First Look at Jason Segel as David Foster Wallace in “The End of the Tour” Trailer
"You don't crack open a thousand-page book because you heard the author was a regular guy, you do it because he's brilliant."
David Foster Wallace is widely—and rightly—considered one of the greatest writers of the last century. Wallace influenced an entire generation of writers and readers through his massive (literally and figuratively) works including 2005’s essay collection Consider the Lobster, 2011’s The Pale King, which was released posthumously and a fiction finalist for a Pulitzer Prize, and 1996’s Infinite Jest. Director James Ponsoldt‘s (The Spectacular Now, Smashed) upcoming film The End of the Tour will try to act as a brief entry into Wallace’s life, specifically five days towards the end of his book tour for the immensely successful novel.
Based on David Lipsky’s book Although of Course You End Up Becoming Yourself: A Road Trip with David Foster Wallace (Lipsky’s unpublished Rolling Stone profile of the writer), the film stars Jesse Eisenberg as the journalist and Jason Segel as the Infinite Jest author. While casting the Forgetting Sarah Marshall star might seem like a strange choice to portray such a complex human, The End of the Tour was received quite positively at this year’s Sundance Film Festival, so we’ll have to wait until the end of July to decide for ourselves, even though the Wallace trust has already made its opinion known.
The End of the Tour is due in theaters on July 31.