Following its debut at the Tribeca Film Festival earlier in the year, today brings our first trailer for Tony McNamara’s coming-of-age dramedy, Ashby.
Acting as the director’s directorial debut, the film stars Nat Wolff as a teenager struggling to assimilate with the folks of his new town. As the archetypal new kid, Wolff’s Ed Wallis tries his hand at a variety of different activities to get in with the cool kids, but when an assignment tasks him with writing an expose about someone from an older generation, he strikes up an unlikely friendship with Mickey Rourke’s Ashby Holt.
Dishing out life lessons for our awkward lead, Rourke’s wise old man happens to be a former CIA assassin. From learning the tricks of the trade on how to survive the minefield that is high school to becoming a surrogate getaway driver, Ed’s assignment soon falls to the back-burner as his young adult becomes a man. Sarah Silverman and Emma Roberts also star in the film as Ed’s quirky mother and love interest, respectively.
Ashby is due to make its bow in select theatres and VOD services on September 25. In the meantime, you can check out the official synopsis for McNamara’s dramedy down below.
Awkward Ed Wallis (Nat Wolff) moves to a new town with his single mom (Sarah Silverman) and needs help fitting in. Brainier than his peers, Ed figures playing high school football might be good way to make more friends, but his only new friend Eloise (Emma Roberts) thinks it’s odd. When Ed gets an assignment to write an essay about someone from an older generation, he introduces himself to his neighbor Ashby Holt (Mickey Rourke) and the two embark on an unlikely, immediate friendship. Ashby’s style of tough love takes some getting used to but, over time, Ed learns a lot from Ashby, including how to be courageous… which is very much needed when he learns his new best friend is a former CIA assassin.