Watch the first trailer for William H Macy’s ‘Rudderless’

Billy Crudup stars in Sundance Film Festival favourite

William H Macy makes his directorial debut with Rudderless. The film premiered at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year and the first trailer has been released.

“In William H Macy’s moving directorial debut Rudderless, Billy Crudup (Watchmen) plays Sam, a former high-profile advertising executive whose life is torn apart by the sudden death of his son.

Living off the grid on a docked sailboat, he wastes away his days while drowning his pain in alcohol. When Sam discovers a box filled with his son’s demo tapes and lyrics, his own child’s musical talent is a revelation for him, a grieving father who felt he’d been absent from his son’s life.

Communing with his deceased son’s dashed dreams, Sam learns each song and eventually musters the will to perform one at a local bar.

When Quentin, a young musician in the audience, is captivated by the song, the unlikely duo forms a rock band that becomes surprisingly popular and revitalizes both of their lives.”

Macy made his name playing the lead in the Coen brother’s 1996 film Fargo. Martin Freeman reprised the role on television in the recent re-imagining alongside Billy Bob Thornton.

Also starring Selena Gomez (Spring Breakers), Felicity Huffman (Desperate Housewives), Jamie Chung (Sin City: A Dame to Kill For), Anton Yelchin (Star Trek), Lauren Fisburne (The Matrix) and Macy himself, Rudderless is released in America on October 17th with a UK date yet to be announced.