The Tomorrow Man: Ed Hemsler spends his whole life preparing for a disaster that may never come for real. Ronnie Meisner spends her life shopping for things she may never use. In a small. These two people will try to find love.
Director: Noble Jones (as Noble Lincoln Jones)
Writer: Noble Jones
Stars: John Lithgow, Blythe Danner, Derek Cecil
Oscar-nominee John Lithgow stars in the trailer for Bleecker Street’s The Tomorrow Man. The film casts Lithgow as Ed, a divorcee and small-town doomsday prepper who spends his days stock-piling his bomb shelter and posting conspiracy theories on internet in online forums and social media . One day, while he was on a trip to his local grocery store, Ed crosses paths with another loner named Ronnie (Blythe Danner) and the pair find themselves unexpectedly attracted towards each other. As a result, they begin to pursue a romance and do their very best to not get bogged done in one another’s emotional baggage.
Tomorrow Man marks the feature writing-directing debut for Noble Jones, whose previous music video work includes Taylor Swift’s The Story of Us and OneRepublic’s I Lived. The movie held its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival in January and was picked up by Bleecker Street shortly after. With its May release date less than two months away now, the film is getting its marketing campaign fully up and running with a trailer.
Bleecker Street has released the full-length Tomorrow Man trailer online, ahead of its premiere in theaters this weekend. You can check it out in the space below.
Critical reactions to Tomorrow Man were mostly positive at Sundance, as evidenced by the film’s current 71% Fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes after (admittedly) just seven reviews. While the film’s premise has shades of a dramatic offering like Jeff Nichols’ Take Shelter (which was also about a man whose obsession with a potential apocalypse puts him at odds with his family and peers), the early reviews suggest Tomorrow Man is closer to a romantic comedy-drama about two damaged people trying to find love relatively late in their lives. Critics also seem to agree that Lithgow and Danner’s performances and onscreen chemistry is the glue that holds the whole thing together, as the pull-quotes in the trailer illustrate.
Lithgow and Danner typically shine in whatever they do, so Tomorrow Man could be worth checking out for them alone. The former will be showing up on the big screen a good deal over the next couple months too, between his turn here and his supporting performances in April’s Stephen King adaptation Pet Sematary and May’s Mindy Kaling-Emma Thompson workplace comedy, Late Night. Between all that and his turn as Roger Ailes in Jay Roach’s memoir about the disgraced Fox News boss this December, 2019 is shaping up to be a pretty fruitful year for Lithgow especially.