Joaquin Phoenix has already had one incredible performance hit the big screen this year thanks to Lynne Ramsay’s “You Were Never Really Here,” and the actor is set to dazzle us again in Gus Van Sant’s “Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far on Foot.” The film marks the first time Phoenix and Van Sant have worked together since 1995’s “To Die For.”
“Don’t Worry” is based on John Callahan’s memoir of the same name. Phoenix plays the controversial cartoonist as he struggles with alcoholism and recovers from a car accident that leaves him paralyzed from the waist down. The supporting cast includes Rooney Mara, Jonah Hill, and Jack Black.
Van Sant debuted the drama at Sundance earlier this year, where Phoenix instantly became an early contender for the Oscars. The actor gives a transformative performance in the lead role, but it’s really Jonah Hill who walks away with the film. Hill plays Phoenix’s A.A. sponsor Donnie, and it’s a perfectly calibrated supporting performance, one that makes a lasting impression and leaves you wanting to know more about the character.
“Don’t Worry” opens in theaters July 13. Watch the official trailer below.