In the provocative big screen drama The Humbling, Al Pacino portrays fading stage actor Simon Axler, who moves into an upstate New York farmhouse with a much younger woman.
Simon’s girlfriend Pegeen is an exuberant young woman, who, although she is a lesbian, has had a crush on him for most of her life. It’s not easy for Simon to keep up with the energetic Pegreen. But although their controversial relationship meets with widespread disapproval, they are happy together. Pegeen brings much-needed passion back into Simon’s life. Being with her makes Simon feel more alive, but he must figure out where his real passion lies.
Co-starring as Pegreen is Greta Gerwig, best known for the Woody Allen film To Rome with Love. The cast also features Kyra Sedgwick (The Closer), Blue Blood’s Victor Cruz, and Dylan Baker (Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues), along with veteran actors Dianne Wiest and Charles Grodin.
The movie was directed by the Oscar-award-winning filmmaker Barry Levinson, known for such classics as Rain Man and Bugsy. Levinson and Pacino previously worked together on the highly acclaimed HBO movie, You Don’t Know Jack.
Based on the novel by Philip Roth, the screenplay was written by Buck Henry, famous for penning The Graduate as well as the film and TV franchise Get Smart. Henry’s collaborator was Michal Zebede (Devious Maids).
The Humbling will be released in select theaters on Jan. 23.