Virginia trailer with Connelly and Harris
Dustin Lance Black is the writer of Milk (Filmstalker review) and has written and directed his first feature film starring Jennifer Connelly, Harrison Gilbertson, Ed Harris, Emma Roberts, Amy Madigan, Yeardley Smith and Toby Jones. He actually filmed What's Wrong with Virginia? a little while ago showing it at the 2010 Toronto International Film Festival where it was critically hit hard, as was Black. After that he went back to the script, got a new editor, and reworked the film.
Now we see Virginia being released with a trailer to match, a trailer that some are saying doesn't reflect the tone of the film that they saw at the festival, has Black reworked it so drastically?
The trailer for Virginia does suggest we're looking at a rather tragic figure in a comedy of errors and relationships, making some terrible decisions that result in some dire consequences, although it's hard to tell if the stand-off is going to be at the end of the film.
Here's the blurb for Dustin Lance Black's Virginia:
Written and directed by Dustin Lance Black (Milk), Virginia stars Jennifer Connelly in the title role as a beautiful yet unhinged single mother who struggles to raise her son Emmett (Harrison Gilbertson) while dreaming of escaping her small Southern boardwalk town. Her long time affair with the very married, Mormon Sheriff Richard Tipton (Ed Harris) is thrown into question when he decides to run for public office. Things are further complicated when Emmett begins a romantic relationship with Tipton's daughter (Emma Roberts). Virginia and the town--populated by Amy Madigan, Toby Jones, Yeardley Smith--are full of secrets and everyone knows Virginia can only keep things together for so long. Virginia is a funny, touching drama that looks at the American Dream and what it takes to keep it together.
Now here's the trailer which you can also see over at Apple Trailers:
I'm not convinced by the trailer to be honest, although the character of Virginia does seem interesting, especially as Jennifer Connelly is playing her, but I just can't help looking at her and wondering how annoying she's going to be throughout the film as her strange behaviour affects everyone around her.