The first trailer for James Franco’s adaptation of the Cormac McCarthy novel Child of God has landed online. The film takes place in 1960s Tennessee and tells the story of a violent, dispossessed man who retreats further and further into isolation. The trailer certainly has a strong sense of foreboding, with a fittingly terrifying turn from star Scott Haze. The aesthetic feels quite similar to Franco’s other projects, but he’s been passionate about making Child of God for quite some time so it should be interesting to see how it all comes together.
Hit the jump to watch the trailer. The film also stars Tim Blake Nelson, Jim Parrack, and Franco himself.
Here’s the synopsis for Child of God:
Set in mountainous Sevier County, Tennessee in the 1960s, Child of God tells the story of Lester Ballard, a dispossessed, violent man whom the narrator describes as “a child of God much like yourself perhaps.” Ballard’s life is a disastrous attempt to exist outside the social order. Deprived of both his parents and a home, and with few other ties, Ballard descends to the level of a cave dweller, falling deeper into crime and degradation.