Warner Bros. has released the first The Good Lie trailer. Reese Witherspoon stars as an American woman who is assigned to help three Sudanese refugees (a few of the “Lost Boys of Sudan“) move to the United States. Everything falls into place when “from the executive producer of The Blind Side” flashes across the screen in the middle of the trailer. Relying on the perspective of a bankable white star to tell the story of Sudanese refugees is problematic, but there is still a good story in there. Director Philippe Falardeau earned rave reviews for his last feature, Monsieur Lazhar, so I hope he finds an effective way to tell that story.
Arnold Oceng, Ger Duany, Emmanuel Jal, Nyakuoth Weil, and Corey Stoll star in the October 3 release. Brian Grazer, Ron Howard, and that Blind Side EP Molly Smith are producing. Watch the Good Lie trailer after the break.
They were known simply as “The Lost Boys.” Orphaned by the brutal Civil war in Sudan that began in 1983, these young victims traveled as many as a thousand miles on foot in search of safety. Fifteen years later, a humanitarian effort would bring 3600 lost boys and girls to America. In “The Good Lie,” Philippe Falardeau (writer and director of the Oscar®- nominated Foreign Language film “Monsieur Lazhar”) brings the story of their survival and triumph to life. Sudanese actors Arnold Oceng, Ger Duany, Emmanuel Jal, and newcomer Nyakuoth Weil, many of whom were also children of war, star alongside Academy Award® winner Reese Witherspoon and Corey Stoll.