‘Me and Earl’ Director Lines Up ‘Collateral Beauty’ With Hugh Jackman & Rooney Mara

Alfonso Gomez-Rejon

Alfonso Gomez-Rejon on the set of Me and Earl and the Dying Girl

Photo: Anna Marie Fox

You may not know who director Alfonso Gomez-Rejon is right now, but his name is about to skyrocket onto the list of directors everyone wants for their next project.

The Me and Earl and the Dying Girl director has signed up for his next film, Collateral Beauty, with upcoming Pan co-stars Hugh Jackman and Rooney Mara set for roles.

The plot centers on a New York advertising executive (Jackman) who experiences a deep personal tragedy. When his colleagues devise an unconventional plan to break him out of his depression, the plan works, but not in a way that anyone imagined. Allan Loeb (Wall Street 2: Money Never Sleeps) wrote the script and production is expected to get underway this fall.

Gomez-Rejon proved with Me and Earl that he brings a distinct style to the table. Once you see the film (trust me – you need to go), you’ll see the way he tells stories is very genuine and innovative. He shows impressive control over knowing when to show off his panache and when to let his actors do their work.

Me and Earl and the Dying Girl hits select theaters on Friday, and if the film comes to your town, be sure to seek it out. It’s simply one of the year’s best so far. [Deadline]