It’s been over a year and a half since I first wrote about “Joshua Tree, 1951: A Portrait of James Dean”. The controversial independent film which explored James Dean’s sexuality was supposed to hit theaters sometime in 2011. For some reason or another, the film remained in the editing room and never saw the light of day. With the release of the full-length movie trailer, hopefully the biopic will get a release date in 2012.
Written and directed by Matthew Mishory, the film stars James Preston, who bears a resemblance to the iconic actor, playing the lead role. Shot predominantly in black and white, the trailer features some great cinematography and fantastic film noir images. It looks like the dream child of a Gus Van Sant indie film and a Bruce Weber coffee book. Based on the trailer, the film dives head first into exploring Dean’s sexuality. It takes place before James Dean appeared in his iconic films “Rebel Without A Cause” and “Giant” and was just another handsome rising star trying to make it in Hollywood.
Along with James Preston (The Gates), the film features two very familiar faces from LGBT-themed shows. “The L Word’s” Erin Daniels and “Queer As Folk” hottie Robert Gant take on supporting roles in the film. Personally, I love films set during this era. There’s something about the sense of innocence, sadness and repression that really appeals to me. Check out the brand new trailer below.
“Joshua Tree, 1951: A Portrait of James Dean” Movie Trailer
I really hope the film gets a distribution deal and hits theaters this year. That or it ends up on the film festival circuit. With Michelle Williams receiving numerous accolades for her portrayal in “My Week With Marilyn“, perhaps this time next year James Preston will be picking up awards for playing James Dean. What did you think of the trailer? You excited to check out the film? Sound off below.