Some actors wait for a long time to jump behind the camera, hoping to soak up all the knowledge they can before giving it a whirl in the director’s seat, but not so for Craig Roberts. He’s not even 25, and is only starting to amass a lengthy CV as an actor, but he’s already knocked out his directorial debut, “Just Jim.” And after premiering at SXSW this year, the film is gearing up to hit theaters this fall, and a new trailer has arrived.
Roberts also takes a co-starring role in the movie alongside Emile Hirsch. The story follows an outcast teenager who can’t even earn much attention from his parents, and who gets some life hack tips from his super cool, cigarette-smoking, neighbor Dean. But the friendship he thinks he’s forged becomes something else. Here’s the official synopsis:
Life sucks for Jim. His best friend Michael is now hanging with the cool kids and Jim’s only companion is his dog. He’s stuck in a small town where nothing ever exciting happens, until… Dean, a mysterious American moves in to the house next door. Dean is older, good looking and in Jim’s eyes the coolest guy he’s ever met. Jim can’t believe his luck. Dean offers him friendship, helps him win the girl of his dreams and he soon becomes the most popular boy in school. But when it turns out Dean is hiding a dark secret, Jim is forced to question if his newfound popularity is really worth it.
“Just Jim” opens in the U.K. on September 25th, and will open in the U.S. this fall via Invincible Pictures. [I-D]