Marine Corps veteran Adam Driver stars in “White Noise,” a film that finally brings Don Delillo’s influential 1985 novel to the screen after nearly four decades of failed attempts. The film will premiere at the Venice Film Festival in August and the New York Film Festival in October before streaming on Netflix later this fall.
Driver is reuniting with writer-director Noah Baumbach after his breakout success with the 2019 film “Marriage Story.” That film was nominated for six Oscars, including Best Picture. Laura Dern won for Best Supporting Actress, while Driver was nominated for Best Actor and Baumbach for Best Original Screenplay.
“White Noise” tells the story of Jack Gladney (Conductor), a Hitler Studies professor at a small liberal arts college somewhere in the Midwest. Both Jack and his fifth wife, Babette (Greta Gerwig), have an irrational fear of death.
Netflix has released a trailer for “White Noise”.
Things come into focus when there is an airborne toxic event following a massive chemical spill. The death threat is no longer abstract and Gladney must figure out how to deal with reality instead of just the idea. The novel is a black comedy, much funnier than the plot description suggests.
The film also stars Don Cheadle (War Machine in the Marvel movies), Alessandro Nivola (“The Many Saints of Newark”), Jodie Turner-Smith (“Queen & Slim”), and André Benjamin (aka André 3000). of the hip-hop group Outkast).
Alternative rock fans may have noticed that The Airborne Toxic Event, best known for the songs “Sometime Around Midnight” and “All I Ever Wanted,” is named after the novel. Delillo’s work has also influenced renowned novelists such as David Foster Wallace (“Infinite Jest”), Jonathan Franzen (“The Corrections”), and Jonathan Lethem (“Motherless Brooklyn”).
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Driver, who broke into Hollywood when he played Kylo Ren in the most recent series of “Star Wars” films, continues to make risky and interesting choices in his acting career. He starred in a couple of Ridley Scott movies in 2020, the medieval action flick “The Last Duel” and the epic family drama “House of Gucci.”
He is currently filming “Ferrari,” in which he plays legendary car designer Enzo Ferrari for director Michael Mann, and will follow up with “Megalopolis,” an all-star production from director Francis Ford Coppola.
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