Harvey Weinstein‘s going all in on Lion.
Every Awards season, The Weinstein Company (like Miramax before it) makes a few plays for Oscar glory. Ultimately, though, they push one above the rest. This year, that movie will be Lion. The studio just released the film’s first trailer.
Based on a true story, it’s the account of a young Indian man (played by Dev Patel, Slumdog Millionaire) who was separated from his family as a child. Now as an adult, he goes on a quest to find them…with the help of Google Earth.
Co-starring Rooney Mara and Nicole Kidman, the Weinsteins are betting this is exactly the kind of emotional weeper that Academy members eat up. Whether it does so authentically, or as Oscar bait, remains to be seen.
Lion opens on November 25, 2016. (Click on any image for larger gallery view.)