THE TOMORROW MAN stars John Lithgow and Blythe Danner. Written and directed by Noble Jones.
In an interview with Jimmy Fallon recently, Lithgow explained that the film is about "Two people with broken wings who find each other and they're eccentrics. Imagine Silver Linings Playbook as if they were both old folks."
Ed Hemsler spends his life preparing for a disaster that may never come. Ronnie Meisner spends her life shopping for things she may never use. In a small town somewhere in America, these two people will try to find love while trying not to get lost in each other's stuff.
Ed Hemsler spends his life preparing for a disaster that may never come. Ronnie Meisner
spends her life shopping for things she may never use. In a small town somewhere in America, Ed
and Ronnie will try to find love while trying not to get lost in each other’s stuff.
Marking the feature directorial debut of Noble Jones (who also wrote and photographed the
film) The Tomorrow Man offers a wise, offbeat and imaginative look at two senior citizens confronting
an unexpected new chapter in their lives. Starring stage and screen veterans John Lithgow (“The
Crown,” “Dexter,” Terms of Endearment) and Blythe Danner (I’ll See You in My Dreams, Meet The
Parents), the film showcases both actors as masters of their craft.
The film also stars Derek Cecil (Family Games, “House of Cards”), Katie Aselton (“Casual,”
Book Club), Sophie Thatcher (Prospect, “The Exorcist”) and Eve Harlow (Instant Family, “The 100”).
Producers include Luke Rivett (Scenic Route, Everly), Nicolaas Bertelsen (Driveways, The Land),
James Schamus (Brokeback Mountain, Indignation) and Tony Lipp (Boy Erased) and Executive
Producers include Jennifer Wenjie Dong (SkyFire, Mojin – The Lost Legend), Figo Li (Casting JonBenet,
Mojin – The Lost Legend), Avy Eschenasy (Indignation, Casting JonBenet) and Joe Pirro (Casting JonBenet, Dayveon). Emma Shan Wang (SkyFire, A Prayer Before Dawn) and Jacob Xiaofeng Li (Mojin – The Lost Legend, Casting JonBenet) serve as Associate Producers, while Patrick M. Sullivan Jr. (Brightburn, Gerald’s Game) is the film’s Production Designer and Zimo Huang (Dominion, Sprinter) is the Editor. Kerry Hennessy (Other People, No Postage Necessary) serves as Costume Designer, Paul Leonard-Morgan (Dredd, Limitless) as the Composer and Hannah Cooper (Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, The Predator) as the Casting Director.
Star Blythe Danner
ABOUT THE PRODUCTION
It all began about five years ago along a snowy road in North Dakota.Noble Jones, a filmmaker and cinematographer with a background in documentaries, commercials and music videos, was on a cross-country road trip when he was awestruck by the landscape in the upper Midwest. Raised in St. Albans, a residential area of Queens, New York, Jones had experienced other parts of America but on this particular journey something struck a chord deep within him.
“I was amazed for so many reasons,” remembers Jones. “I’m a huge fan of John Ford,
through his films like How Green Was My Valley even more than The Searchers. So coming face to face
with the breathtaking expanse of raw land, and the people that tamed it, made me think of a
different era. It was an era of great uncertainty but also great determination. The kind of
determination that comes from facing very difficult times and learning to come to terms with them.
I always say that when you live in New York, you become enthralled with what man can do. But
then when you go to places like North Dakota, it’s hard to not believe in God.” Jones talked to locals during his trip, "This place, where it’s negative 30 degrees Fahrenheit in the winter, which was a very new experience for me. And I wondered, ‘What gave them the feeling that they should even attempt that? Eventually he channeled his ideas into the screenplay that would become The Tomorrow Man.
“It’s the story of the imagined private life of a man I might have passed by on that trip to the
Midwest,” says Jones. In a small town somewhere in America, he imagined Ed, a single man in his
sixties with a substantial surplus of goods squirreled away in the event of a possible disaster, and
Ronnie, a single woman who Ed meets in the supermarket, while she also appears to be stockpiling
for the future. Their kinship would spark a romance.
“I wanted to make a mild commentary on the world we live in,” explains Jones. “I also
wanted to do something that was slightly surreal, to the point of almost being science fiction. And
have the social commentary not play as social commentary as you’re watching it. I find humanity in
its masked form to be very interesting—how it funnels down to the individual amidst the throng, so
to speak, as we move through history together. It’s all about love, not doom.”
THE TOMORROW MAN stars the incredible John Lithgow
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