He Won’t Get Far on Foot, a biopic starring Joaquin Phoenix, centers on a cartoonist who channels expression through tragedy.

Trailers Joseph Baxter

Jan 16, 2018

Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far on Foot will arrive as another star-stacked cinematic prestige drama from Amazon Studios designed to premiere at theaters. This time, the life of Portland cartoonist John Callahan becomes the centerpiece for a biopic – based on Callahan’s memoir of the same name – from acclaimed director Gus Van Sant, featuring an impressive cast and an irreverent approach to a tragedy that facilitates a creative wellspring.

Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far on Foot Trailer

While – thanks, in part, to Wes Anderson movies – folkish 1970s era rock may be standard soundtrack fare for quirky dramedies, the Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far on Foot trailer’s usage of “Isolation,” a deeper cut from John Lennon’s 1970 album, “Plastic Ono Band,” is appropriate to both its theme and time setting, since protagonist John Callahan (Joaquin Phoenix) – rendered a quadriplegic at age 21 after a debilitating accident – is surrounded by people, such as his girlfriend, Annu (Rooney Mara), yet is essentially alone. However, his post-injury depression, which has him drowning in alcohol, won’t be remedied by saccharin self-help platitudes, but, rather, his discovery of a creative output, in this case, his talent for acerbic cartoons. As evident from the clip, this output helps John turn a crucial page in his life.

Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far on Foot Details

Joaquin Phoenix (Inherent Vice, Walk the Line, Gladiator) stars as the tragedy-teeming protagonist, John Callahan.

He is joined by an impressive supporting cast that includes Rooney Mara, Jonah Hill, Jack Black, Carrie Brownstein and even iconic Sonic Youth siren Kim Gordon makes an appearance.

Gus Van Sant directed the film, working off his own script that adapts Callahan’s 1990 Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far on Foot memoir. (Callahan passed away in 2010 after complications from surgery.) Van Sant, besides being known for directing acclaimed dramas like 2008’s Milk and 1997’s Good Will Hunting, also notably directed star Joaquin Phoenix’s late older brother, River Phoenix, in the 1991 drama, My Own Private Idaho.

Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far on Foot Release Date

Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far on Foot will arrive at theaters on May 11.