The impending hell that will be the 2020 presidential campaign has begun to heat up. Candidates are declaring their intention to run and already canvasing early primary states more than a year before any ballots are submitted. Can nobody save us from the never-ending cycle of campaigning, fundraising, and late night TV appearances? Maybe help is on the way, but it’s a Long Shot. The upcoming political comedy features the unlikely duo of Seth Rogen and Charlize Thereon embedded deep in the world of a presidential campaign from director Jonathan Levine, who has teamed with Rogen on 50/50 and The Night Before.
Rogen is Fred Flarsky, an investigative journalist whose talents are often overshadowed by his boisterous personality. Charlotte Field (Theron) is the current Secretary of State and the presumptive nominee for President of the United States. However, she doesn’t want the bland, generic stump speeches and hires Flarsky, whom she’s known since childhood, to liven up her campaign. Along the way, though, these two might be courting more than just the electorate.
Co-starring in Long Shot are O’Shea Jackson Jr., Andy Serkis, June Diane Raphael, Bob Odenkirk, and Alexander Skarsgård. Levine directs a script by The Interview co-writer Dan Sterling and The Post co-writer Liz Hannah. Lionsgate and Summit Entertainment will release Long Shot in theaters on May 3, 2019, and here’s hoping it’ll give us a little breather from the increasing inanity of the never-ending campaign.
The official synopsis for Long Shot:
Fred Flarsky (Seth Rogen) is a gifted and free-spirited journalist with an affinity for trouble. Charlotte Field (Charlize Theron) is one of the most influential women in the world. Smart, sophisticated, and accomplished, she’s a powerhouse diplomat with a talent for…well, mostly everything. The two have nothing in common, except that she was his babysitter and childhood crush. When Fred unexpectedly reconnects with Charlotte, he charms her with his self-deprecating humor and his memories of her youthful idealism. As she prepares to make a run for the Presidency, Charlotte impulsively hires Fred as her speechwriter, much to the dismay of her trusted advisors.
A fish out of water on Charlotte’s elite team, Fred is unprepared for her glamourous lifestyle in the limelight. However, sparks fly as their unmistakable chemistry leads to a round-the-world romanceand a series of unexpected and dangerous incidents.