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Mark Wahlberg and Connie Britton to star in new film from Brokeback Mountain writers

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Diana Ossana and Larry McMurtry, the writers behind Ang Lee’s Brokeback Mountain (a recent addition to the National Film Registry), are reuniting for a new film called Good Joe Bell starring Mark Wahlberg, Connie Britton, and Reid Miller from the Go90 streaming series Play By Play (remember Go90?). The movie is based on a true story, and as explained in a press release, it’s about a guy named Joe Bell who “sets out on a walk across America with his son, Jadin.” That’s not helpful at all, but perhaps the press release decided to stay vague because the real story of Joe Bell and his son Jadin is brutal.

We won’t spoil it here, because it’s all too sad to go into, but it’s safe to say that Good Joe Bell is going to be just as much about issues facing LGBTQ youth, teen suicide, and reckless driving as much as it’ll be about a cross-country walk.


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