The first trailer and poster for Oscar-winning screenwriter Dustin Lance Black’s (Milk) directorial debut, Virginia, have gone online. The film was originally titled What’s Wrong with Virginia? and screened at TIFF 2010 to scathing reviews. Black went back into the editing room and retooled (and retitled) the film, and now the new cut is set to open next month. The film stars Jennifer Connelly as a single mother who runs into a bit of trouble following a string of events: her longtime affair with the married Mormon Sheriff (Ed Harris) comes to an end as he decides to run for office, then her son (Harrison Gilbertson) starts having an affair with the Sheriff’s daughter (Emma Roberts). Tonally and plot-wise, this trailer is kind of all over the place. There are some good ideas throughout, but I’m unsure as to how Black coalesces everything into a cohesive story. It’s no wonder that this was a tough one to put together, but hopefully Black’s new edit is superior to the previous cut.
Hit the jump to check out the trailer and poster. The film opens on May 18th and also stars Amy Madigan, Yeardley Smith, and Toby Jones.