This fall, a new dark comedy will be released bringing together the talents of Bryan Cranston, Steve Carell and Laurence Fishburne. “Last Flag Flying“, based on the 2005 novel by Darryl Ponicsan, mines subject matter not known for very many laughs, if any; the war in Iraq and a grieving father whose son didn’t make it back home after being deployed there.
The plot involves a grieving father (Carell) who looks up his old buddies who served with him in Vietnam and asks them to accompany him to his son’s funeral who was killed serving in the early days of the Iraq War. Besides the talents of Cranston, Carell and Fishburne, the movie is also in good hands with its director, Richard Linklater known for his films, “Dazed and Confused“, “Boyhood“, and the “Before” trilogy. “Last Flag Flying” also brings the original author, Darryl Ponicsan, on board, who wrote the novel as a sequel to his 1970 best-seller, “The Last Detail” which was made into an Oscar nominated film directed by Hal Ashby and starring Jack Nicholson who picked up a nod for Best Actor. It will be interesting to see if this follow-up film catches the same kind of Oscar buzz.
“Last Flag Flying” directed by Richard Linklater, co-written by Linklater and Darryl Ponicsan, and starring Bryan Cranston, Steve Carell, Laurence Fishburne, J. Quinton Johnson, Richard Robichaux, Lee Harrington and Kate Easton, opens nationwide on Friday, November 3rd after screening at the New York Film Festival on September 28th. Go to FilmLinc.org for more information about the film.