Minnesota nice, it ain’t. But neither was “Fargo” or “A Serious Man,” right?
“Wilson,” shot in and around the Twin Cities in 2015, looks like it could provide a droll, downbeat appeal all its own.
It’s a live action comedy-drama based on a graphic novel by cartoonist and screenwriter Daniel Clowes (“Ghost World,” “Art School Confidential,”) whose gloomy, eccentric work violates every rule of comic books. Woody Harrelson plays Wilson, an argumentative malcontent whose antagonistic social style has made him an involuntary castoff from human society. In his late middle age he may have discovered a way back into the fold. All he has to do is offer an olive branch to his long-estranged wife (Laura Dern) and build an instant bond with the 17-year-old daughter (Isabella Amara) he never knew they had. Easy.
Directed by Craig Johnson (who made 2014’s twisted “The Skeleton Twins” with Bill Hader and Kristen Wiig), the film’s first red band trailer for mature audiences promises to a sardonic take on father-daughter relationships, divorce, prostitution and lots of profanity. The film, rated R for language throughout and some sexuality, is scheduled for release on March 24, 2017.