A Long Way Down

A Long Way Down

Author Nick Hornby has a good track record with this movie stuff. The bestselling writer has been responsible for the source material – a little thing called “books” – for a number of beloved films that continue to endure as favorites in a crowded movie marketplace. Basically, the man writes good books, and then they become good movies. Hornby’s jump to the big screen so far includes films like About A Boy (which has now spawned its own television series), Fever Pitch (which got both a British and an American version in the span of eight years), and High Fidelity. (Hornby, it must be noted, is also a screenwriter who has found a niche adapting the work of others for the big screen – including An Education and the upcoming movie version of Wild.) But is Hornby’s next film going to hit with fans – both of his movies and of his books, and of any intermingling therein – or has the era of Hornb-tation run its course? Let’s try this – how do you feel about stories about suicide? What if they involve Imogen Poots? Are you interested in seeing Aaron Paul not yelling “bitch” a lot? Are you opposed to crying in movie theaters? Do you need a fairy tale ending?

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Aaron Paul Casting in A Long Way Down

Yeah, bitch! Everyone’s favorite meth-making sidekick, Aaron Paul, is now set to star in the latest adaptation of a Nick Hornby novel. Deadline Hollywood reports that Paul will star in the Paschal Chaumeil-directed and Jack Thorne-scripted A Long Way Down, an ensemble dramedy about, of all totally hilarious things, suicide. The film centers on four very different characters who are linked by one common thread – they all plan to commit suicide in the same way on the same day. The four of them meet when they all find themselves on the top of the same building on New Year’s Eve, each intent on jumping off of it. As they talk and get to know each other, their plans go a bit askew. Paul will play JJ, an American who is living in London after losing both his band and his girl. Distraught over having chucked his dreams for a girl who chucked him, JJ is stuck in a dead-end job as a pizza delivery boy. He will be joined by Pierce Brosnan (as Martin Sharp, a former television host disgraced by his an affair with a fifteen-year-old girl), Toni Collette as Maureen (the single mother of a disabled son), and Imogen Poots (as Jess, a teenager with a host of family problems). If you’re thinking that this is perfect casting, you are correct.

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