By our guest blogger, Matt Jussim
Even before his breakout role in "The Social Network," Jesse Eisenberg has long been one of my favorite actors in Hollywood. I thought he was fantastic in "The Squid and the Whale," "Adventureland" and "The Education of Charlie Banks," so I was more than pumped when I found out he received his first Academy Award nomination.
Although he didn’t win, receiving the nomination was quite the achievement for the actor and he plans on keeping his hot streak going, adding another project to his future plans. According to Vulture, Eisenberg, Academy Award winner (and f-bomb dropper) Melissa Leo and Tracy Morgan are all set to join the indie comedy "Predisposed."
The story takes a look at the unhealthy relationship between a drug-addicted mother (Leo) and her college-bound son (Eisenberg), set on the day of both his interview at Julliard and her planned arrival in rehab. Adding complications to the matter is that she has no health insurance so she can only be admitted to rehab if she shows up intoxicated.
Morgan will play her drug dealer Sprinkles who has a feud with her, while another major role of a rival dealer has yet to be cast. The project is a feature adaptation of Philip Dorling and Ron Nyswaner's 2009 Sundance short film, which also starred Leo.
Just based on the plot and the two main actors involved, this is surely a project to watch for. Leo is an excellent actress and she has the right look and intensity to play a character such as this. Eisenberg is perfect for this part, especially because it seems as if he will have to strike a good balance between comedy and real-life drama, which is something he is well versed in, as evidenced by his work on "Charlie Banks," Adventureland" and "The Squid and the Whale."
One of Eisenberg's next releases is the summer flick "30 Minutes or Less." That film could be the surprise hit of the summer. It’s impossible to really know how a movie will turn out, but based just on the cast and plot, this might be a huge one. Eisenberg joins up with two of my favorite comedians, Aziz Ansari and Danny McBride in the film, which is about criminals who force a pizza delivery man to rob a bank in 30 minutes or less.
Shooting is scheduled to start on "Predisposed" this summer.