Hitting April 5th, The Company You Keep has a cast that could make three films jealous, and yet, it may make some raise their eyebrows at Robert Redford… because Shia LeBeouf is in such a major role, surrounded by all the other names.
I’m not saying he isn’t up to the task (though I’m not saying he is), but with the list involved here, a lot of people are going to wonder about the decision. That’s just the movie world, like it or not. Given the serious venture we’re involved in with this complex plot, you just have to know that people are going to see Susan Sarandon, Chris Cooper, Julie Christie, Sam Elliot, and more, and they’re just going to have to do a double-take when we answer the, “So, who is in the big role as the reporter?”
That said, this could be the role he needs. He held his own, more or less, in Lawless, but if he pulls this off, maybe the next one won’t cause so many blank stares.
At any rate, a batch of images for the film have been released, and it seems we’re trying to play up LeBeouf a fair amount, so take a look at what’s in store for you. You can also catch the trailer and some more info. Whatever your thoughts on LeBeouf might be, this looks really good.
THE COMPANY YOU KEEP – In Theaters April 5th!
Starring: Robert Redford, Shia LaBeouf, Julie Christie, Sam Elliott, Brendan Gleeson, Terrence Howard, Richard Jenkins, Anna Kendrick, Brit Marling, Stanley Tucci, Nick Nolte, Chris Cooper and Susan Sarandon
Directed by: Robert Redford
Jim Grant (Robert Redford) is a public interest lawyer and single father raising his daughter in the tranquil suburbs of Albany, New York. Grant’s world is turned upside down,when a brash young reporter named Ben Shepard (Shia LaBeouf) exposes his true identity as a former 1970s antiwar radical fugitive wanted for murder. After living for more than 30 years underground, Grant must now go on the run. With the FBI in hot pursuit, he sets off on a cross-country journey to track down the one person that can clear his name.
Shepard knows the significance of the national news story he has exposed and, for a journalist, this is an opportunity of a lifetime. Hell-bent on making a name for himself, he is willing to stop at nothing to capitalize on it. He digs deep into Grant’s past. Despite warnings from his editor and threats from the FBI, Shepard relentlessly tracks Grant across the country.
As Grant reopens old wounds and reconnects with former members of his antiwar group, the Weather Underground, Shepard realizes something about this man is just not adding up. With the FBI closing in, Shepard uncovers the shocking secrets Grant has been keeping for the past three decades. As Grant and Shepard come face to face in the wilderness of the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, they each must come to terms with who they really are.