As far as making films about knockabout schmoes navigating the pitfalls of suburban life in a specific time period, there ain’t many who do it better than Richard Linklater.
The famed US director’s career strike rate is truly something to behold, having previously churned out a litany genre-defining, critically-adored modern classic, including Slackers, Before Sunset, Before Sunrise, Before Midnight, School of Rock, Boyhood, and the much beloved Dazed & Confused.
And it’s very much in the spirit of Dazed that Linklater is drawing on for his newest effort, Everybody Wants Some.
Whereas Dazed & Confused took on the 70s with great effect, Everybody Wants Some is moving forward a decade, painting everything with the sleek, dazzling veneer of the 1980s.
The film, being billed as the “spiritual sequel” to Dazed & Confused, follows a bunch of college freshmen baseball players doing the kinds of things we’ve come to expect from Hollywood college films – smoking weed and chasing tail.
In the hands of anyone else, that premise would be enough to turn more than a few noses up. But because it’s Linklater, colour us very keen.
The cast features a swathe of relative unknowns, including Blake Jenner, Ryan Guzman, Wyatt Russell, and Zoey Deutch.
That tactic was also applied to the casting process for Dazed & Confused, which ended up turning out a film that starred Rory Cochrane, Ben Affleck, Milla Jovovich, Renee Zellwegger, Joey Lauren Adams, Parker Posey, and Matthew McConnaughey – all in either very early career, or first ever, film roles.
Everybody Wants Some is scheduled for release on April 15th.