Remember when Jason Segel and Jesse Eisenberg were spotted at the Mall of America, filming a movie last year? We do, and we've been patiently awaiting The End of the Tour since then.
The film is adapted from David Lipsky's mouthful of a book Although of Course You End Up Becoming Yourself: A Road Trip with David Foster Wallace, wherein Lipsky takes (you guessed it) a road trip with the brilliant writer. Wallace had just finished the behemoth epic Infinite Jest and was on tour promoting the book. Lipsky tagged along for five days of the trip, recording Wallace and getting to know him for a Rolling Stone story in 1996.
In The End of the Tour trailer, Wallace (Segel) and Lipsky (Eisenberg) are both welcomed to Minneapolis by Joan Cusack's character (which, incidentally, is how we'd always like to be welcomed at the airport).
Later, the duo end up at the Mall of America, driving past the shopping center's iconic sign before they get existential in a food court with the roar of Nickelodeon Universe in the background. (Although, Minnesotans know that back in '96, the mall's theme park was actually the far-superior Camp Snoopy.)
Without further ado, here's the trailer for The End of the Tour (and yet another reason why we need the Minnesota Film and TV Board):
What do you think of Segel channeling Wallace -- bandana, angst, and all?
And if you're feeling nostalgic for the late Wallace's words, but you're stuck at your desk without a copy of the hefty Infinite Jest or Brief Interviews with Hideous Men, we suggest you check out his famed 2005 commencement address at Kenyon College. Watch a cutesy, abbreviated version of the speech below (or listen to the whole 22 minutes), and feel a little bit better about the daily grind.