George Clooney and Grant Heslov love a good political satire, so it’s no surprise they’re the producers of the forthcoming Our Brand Is Crisis. David Gordon Green directs Sandra Bullock and Billy Bob Thornton in the Peter Straughn scripted ‘dramedy’ that shines a light on political campaigning.
This might be one to watch over the coming months – and expect Bullock to be mentioned the awards conversation.
Here’s the synopsis:
A Bolivian presidential candidate failing badly in the polls enlists the firepower of an elite American management team, led by the deeply damaged but still brilliant strategist “Calamity” Jane Bodine (Bullock). In self-imposed retirement following a scandal that earned her nickname and rocked her to her core, Jane is coaxed back into the game for the chance to beat her professional nemesis, the loathsome Pat Candy (Thornton), now coaching the opposition.
But as Candy zeroes in on every vulnerability – both on and off the campaign trail – Jane is plunged into a personal crisis as intense as the one her team exploits nationally to boost their numbers. Dramatic, rapid-fire and laced with satire, “Our Brand is Crisis” reveals the cynical machinations and private battles of world-class political consultants for whom nothing is sacred and winning is all that matters.
Our Brand is Crisis will be released in UK cinemas in early 2016