The Wrestler’s spiritual sequel Big Fan gets a trailer!


One of my favourite films of 2008 was Darren Aronofsky’s The Wrestler, and I’m sure I’m not alone in my adoration of that film’s melancholic tribute to male machismo. Therefore, I know you’ll all be excited for the trailer to The Wrestler’s spiritual sequel Big Fan.

Written and directed by Wrestler-scribe Robert D. Siegel and starring Patton Oswalt (brilliant comedian and voice of Remy from Ratatouille), Big Fan played at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year, and was featured as one of our 10 Indie Films to Catch in 2009.

Siegel trades the depressing world of professional wrestling for the even more depressing world of obsessive NFL fandom. Oswalt stars as heavy-duty New York Giants fan/go-nowhere loser Paul Aufiero, whose life changes after a violent run-in with his favourite player.

Check out the trailer and let us know your thoughts! Not sure if the film will descend into the thriller-esque territory that the trailer implies. I sure hope not.

Big Fan didn’t receive the same kind of raves at Sundance that The Wrestler picked up at the Venice Film Festival in ’08 (where it won the top prize and essentially certified Mickey Rourke’s Best Actor Oscar nomination). However, much of the criticism of the film seems to be aimed at Siegel’s visually-flat direction. What can we say? Aronofsky is a tough act to follow.

With that in mind, it’s still hard not to get excited for Siegel’s follow up project. According to an interview Siegel had with Jeff Goldsmith for Creative Screenwriting Magazine (a podcast you should all be listening to regularly), Big Fan was the screenplay that was generating buzz in Hollywood that led to the writer being enlisted by Aronofsky to pen a film about wrestling.

Big Fan also stars the great character actor Kevin Corrigan and hits U.S. cinemas late August. There is no Australian release date as of yet.

Discuss: Will we see a sports movie that isn’t cripplingly depressing ever again?

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