Long Shot! Charlize Theron hoping to be the country’s first female president, yes, this is about to be seen on Long Shot, take the first look!
Five years after The Interview, producers Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg re-team with screenwriter Dan Sterling for another story that emulates the current state of political affairs. But this one, Rogen promises, won’t incite hate mail from North Korea. “I think this movie will steer clear from the controversies that befell our previous collaboration,” he jokes to EW.
Once dubbed Flarsky, the latest from this producing pair stars Charlize Theron as a U.S. Secretary of State hoping to be the country’s first female president, as revealed in EW’s first-look photos at Long Shot.
Rogen clarifies it’s more of a love story similar to the style of Knocked Up that “takes place in another universe than our actual world.” Like, there’s no Trumpian figure, per se. Although, Alexander Skarsgård plays another dreamboat Prime Minister of Canada and Bob Odenkirk takes over as POTUS.
“We wanted to make a movie that acknowledged the political realities we all live in without trying to make too heavy-handed directives,” Rogen explains, “and at the same time make something that’s highly enjoyable and highly entertaining that appeals to as wide an audience as anything I’ve made.”
Rogen adds a new character to his rolodex: Fred Flarsky, “a hard-partying political writer”/”gonzo journalist” with “a talent for trouble,” according to the official synopsis. When he reunites with his old crush, Charlotte Field (Theron), he finds she’s now one of the most powerful women in the world making a play for the Oval Office.
“There’s a nostalgia to [the relationship] and she really enjoys that, this remembrance of her when she was young,” Theron mentions of Charlotte and Fred. “She somehow has forgotten that and he reminds her.”
Through sheer charm, Fred lands a job offer to “punch up her campaign speeches,” but the pair’s chemistry plunges them into a steamy cross-continental affair — one that, paired with Fred’s past and present indiscretions, threatens to dismantle Charlotte’s entire Presidential campaign.
He’s a hard-hitting political writer with a talent for trouble. She’s the country’s top diplomat with a talent for…well, everything. When Fred Flarsky (Seth Rogen) reunites with his first crush who also happens to be the current US Secretary of State, Charlotte Field (Charlize Theron), he charms her with his self-deprecating humor and his memories of her youthful idealism. As she prepares to make a surprise run for the Oval Office, Charlotte hires Fred to punch up her campaign speeches and their unmistakable chemistry leads to a round-the-world affair. But Fred’s carefree indiscretions, past and present, could bring down her campaign before it even begins. The film redefines “international relations” with a profane, funny and unexpected love.
From the celebrated team of Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg, creators of outrageous comedy hits including SAUSAGE PARTY, NEIGHBORS franchise, and KNOCKED UP, LONG SHOT also features O’Shea Jackson Jr. (Den of Thieves, Straight Outta Compton), Andy Serkis (Black Panther, Planet of the Apes), June Diane Raphael (The Disaster Artist, Grace & Frankie), Ravi Patel (TV’s Master of None) and Alexander Skarsgård (TV’s Big Little Lies and The Legend of Tarzan).
Rating: This film is not yet rated
U.S. Release Date: May 3, 2019
Running Time: TBD
Cast: Seth Rogen, Charlize Theron, O’Shea Jackson Jr., Andy Serkis, June Diane Raphael, with Bob Odenkirk, and
Directed by: Jonathan Levine
Screenplay by: Dan Sterling and Liz Hannah
Story by: Dan Sterling
Produced by: Charlize Theron, p.g.a., A.J. Dix, p.g.a., Beth Kono, p.g.a., Evan Goldberg, p.g.a., Seth Rogen, p.g.a., James