What’s in a name? When it comes to the original title of the upcoming movie starring Richard Gere, Dakota Fanning, and Theo James, it seems that “Franny“ didn’t quite do the trick. So now as the film heads to cinemas, it has been given a new moniker, “The Benefactor,” and a trailer to go with it.
Directed by Andrew Renzi, the film follows a rich, troubled philanthropist who comes into the lives of young married couple Olivia and Luke. The twist? He caused the deaths of Olivia’s parents in a car accident and has been plagued by emotional turmoil ever since. The picture didn’t quite work for us when we saw it at Karlovy Vary —Jessica Kiang wrote, “we get a character study of a character almost entirely composed of screenwriting conveniences and actorly flourishes —some sort of mythological beast that it’s hard to believe could ever actually exist, let alone relate to or feel for: Richard Gere as a troubled billionaire unicorn.”
“The Benefactor” opens on January 15, 2016. Watch below.