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Watch the trailer for The End of the Tour, starring Jason Segel as David Foster Wallace

on May 27, 2015, 12:55pm

A24 has shared the first trailer forThe End of the Tour. Directed by James Ponsoldt, the film is based on the memoirs of Rolling Stone reporter David Lipsky (Jessie Eisenberg), who spent five days interviewing author David Foster Wallace (Segel) on a book tour promoting the writer’s breakthrough novel, Infinite Jest.

Though the two formed a close if transitory bond on the road, Lipsky never actually published an article about the interviews, and never met Wallace again. After Wallace’s suicide in 2008, Lipsky was compelled to write the 2010 book Although of Course You End Up Becoming Yourself: A Road Trip with David Foster Wallace, which became the basis for The End of the Tour.

The End of the Tour premiered at Sundance earlier this year and received high marks, including a B+ review from Consequence of Sound critic Justin Gerber.

Watch the trailer below.

Here’s the official plot synopsis:

The End of the Tour tells the story of the five-day interview between Rolling Stone reporter (and novelist) David Lipsky (Jesse Eisenberg) and acclaimed novelist David Foster Wallace (Jason Segel), which took place right after the 1996 publication of Wallace’s groundbreaking epic novel, Infinite Jest. As the days go on, a tenuous yet intense relationship seems to develop between journalist and subject. The two men bob and weave around each other, sharing laughs and also possibly revealing hidden frailties – but it’s never clear how truthful they are being with each other. Ironically, the interview was never published, and five days of audio tapes were packed away in Lipsky’s closet. The two men did not meet again. The film is based on Lipsky’s critically acclaimed memoir about this unforgettable encounter, written following Wallace’s 2008 suicide. Both Segel and Eisenberg reveal great depths of emotion in their performances and the film is directed with humor and tenderness by Sundance vet James Ponsoldt from Pulitzer Prize winner Donald Margulies’ insightful and heartbreaking screenplay.”

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