The drama Nebraska stars Bruce Dern and Will Forte as Woody and David, a father and son who travel from Montana to Nebraska to collect Woody’s $1 million Mega Sweepstakes Marketing prize. On their eventful journey, the two repeatedly cross paths with friends and relatives to whom the alcoholic Woody owes money.
The movie, shot in black and white and directed by Alexander Payne (The Descendants), reveals the emotional complexity of the characters’ father-and-son relationship. It also shows how unexpected events can impact one’s life.
Several big-name actors were considered for the challenging role of Woody, including Gene Hackman (who wouldn’t come out of retirement), Jack Nicholson and Robert De Niro. Dern was judged a good fit because, as Payne pointed out in an interview with Leo Adam Biga, Dern could “be both ingenious and ornery.”
The movie was shot in Payne’s home state of Nebraska.
Nebraska, which received mostly positive reviews at the Cannes Film Festival last spring, also stars June Squibb as Woody’s wife Kate, Stacy Keach and Breaking Bad’s Bob Odenkirk. The screenplay was penned by writer/actor Bob Nelson.
Nebraska arrives in theaters Nov. 22.
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