LOS ANGELES, Cal. (FNN) – As Pride Month closes, we get the trailer for the upcoming film Joe Bell, starring Academy Award nominee Mark Wahlberg, the true story of a father who stood up for change as a homage to his beloved son.
Wahlberg sheds the action star persona that he has embodied in the last few years to play the titular character, a working-class father from Oregon with a teenage son Jadin (played by newcomer Reid Miller), who is relentlessly bullied in school for being gay.
Tragedy ensues, which inspires Joe to travel across the country to speak up against intolerance and bullying.
The movie was originally slated for a February 2020 opening but was delayed due to the pandemic, with a new August release date.
Wahlberg seems to be in fine form, playing an everyday family man struck by tragedy, but Miller could be a revelation, as his performance is the highlight in the trailer. Rounding out the cast are Connie Britton (Friday Night Lights) and Gary Sinise (Forrest Gump, CSI: NY). Reinaldo Marcus Green (Monsters and Men) directs, from a script by Diana Ossana and Larry McMurtry, who also wrote the Oscar-winning script for 2005’s Brokeback Mountain.
The trailer basically tells the whole story, but Jadin’s fate did make nationwide headlines in 2013. And Joe’s decision to do something for his son is certainly worthy of your time. While the trailer slightly smells of Oscar bait, the movie nonetheless seems a powerful reminder that the road of acceptance is taken one step at a time.
Joe Bell opens only in theaters on July 23.
Juan Carlo Rodriguez is a politics and entertainment reporter for Florida National News. | firstname.lastname@example.org