Roadside Attractions has released the official Joe Bell trailer for Reinaldo Marcus Green’s upcoming biographical drama, centering around a true father-and-son story about acceptance and redemption. The film is scheduled to make its debut in theaters on Friday, July 23. Its current release date will see the Mark Wahlberg-led drama going up against three major competitors in the form of Paramount Pictures’ action G.I. Joe spinoff Snake Eyes, Universal Pictures’ M. Night Shyamalan-directed thriller Old, and Sony Animation’s final animated installment Hotel Transylvania: Transformania.
The video features Wahlberg’s Joe Bell walks across America to share awareness about the dangers of bullying, which caused the death of his son, who was tormented at school for being gay. It also highlights how Joe imagines his son accompanying him throughout the journey.
Joe Bell tells the intimate and emotional true story of an Oregonian father who pays tribute to his gay teenage son Jadin, embarking on a self-reflective walk across America to speak his heart to heartland citizens about the real and terrifying costs of bullying. The film stars Mark Wahlberg (The Departed), Connie Britton (American Horror Story), Reid Miller, Maxwell Jenkins (Lost in Space), and Gary Sinise (Forrest Gump, Truman).
The film had its world premiere last year at the Toronto International Film Festival, where it earned generally mixed reviews from critics who collectively praise Miller’s breakout performance.
Joe Bell is directed by Reinaldo Marcus Green (King Richard) from a screenplay adapted by Academy Award-winning scribes Diana Ossana and Larry McMurtry (Brokeback Mountain). Producers are Daniela Taplin Lundberg, Riva Marker, Jake Gyllenhaal, Eva Maria Daniels, Cary Fukunaga, Ryan Ahrens, Wahlberg, and Stephen Levinson. It is executive produced by Jill Ahrens, Ben Renzo, Tony Parker, Derick Brooks, Michael Finley, and Drew Brees along with Ossan McMurtry, Paris Kassidokostas-Latsis, Terry Dougas, and Jean-Luc De Fanti.
Check out the Joe Bell trailer in the player below.