Jason Segel to Play David Foster Wallace Opposite Jesse Eisenberg in ‘The End of the Tour’ (Exclusive)

Jason Segel to Play David Foster Wallace Opposite Jesse Eisenberg in 'The End of the Tour' (Exclusive)

James Ponsoldt will direct from a script by playwright Donald Margulies, who adapted Rolling Stone reporter David Lipsky's book

Jesse Eisenberg and Jason Segel are attached to star in Anonymous Content's “The End of the Tour,” multiple individuals familiar with the project have told TheWrap.

Segel will play David Foster Wallace, the author of “Infinite Jest” who committed suicide in 2008, while Eisenberg will play Rolling Stone reporter David Lipsky.

James Ponsoldt (“The Spectacular Now”) will direct from a script by playwright Donald Margulies, who adapted Lipsky's book “Although Of Course You End Up Becoming Yourself: A Road Trip With David Foster Wallace. Coincidentally, Ponsoldt used to work at Rolling Stone while he was in college.

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Story finds Lipsky accompanying Wallace across the country on a book tour promoting “Infinite Jest,” just as Wallace starts to become famous. Along the way, jealousy and competition bubbles up between the two writers as they discuss women, depression and the pros and cons of fame.

David Kanter and Matt DeRoss will produce for Anonymous Content along with James Dahl of Modern Man Films. Anonymous Content's Paul Green will executive produce the film, which is tentatively scheduled to start production in February/March.

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Eisenberg, who is coming off the box office hit “Now You See Me,” will soon be seen in Kelly Reichardt's “Night Moves” and Richard Ayoade's “The Double.” He's set to star opposite Kristen Stewart in PalmStar and Likely Story's action comedy “American Ultra,” which is scheduled to start production in April. He's repped by CAA and attorney Patti Felker.

Segel, who recently popped up in “This Is the End,” next stars opposite Cameron Diaz in Jake Kasdan's Sony comedy “Sex Tape.” He's repped by WME, Abrams Entertainment and attorney Warren Dern.

Ponsoldt, who previously directed “The Spectacular Now” and “Smashed,” is repped by UTA and Brillstein Entertainment Partners.

  • anon

    this is the worst idea ever

  • Burphelson AFB

    coming soon to a Redbox near you. yaaaawn.

  • charles diamond

    this is gong to be great. 2 great actors. Segel is a cool choice for DFW — funny, smart-seeming, etc. If you;ve read the book, you'll know how cool it'll be. Curious to see Eisenberg stretch a little bit for this one.

  • wallace_fan

    i think it'll be rad. A buddy movie with David Foster Wallace? Come on. What could be better?

  • Please Don't Sully DFW

    Except that Jason Segel is not funny at all. Who's stupid idea is this?

  • John Ponsman

    Man y'all are worse than the nerds who were yelling about Affleck being Batman. Guy's an actor, give him a chance to do his job. I'm very much a DFW fan, but the producers of this film are not beholden to DFW fans, in casting choices or anything else.

  • Charles

    Should've been Daniel Brül.

  • Jo

    A good director, a Pulitzer winner playwright, 2 great actors. I have faith in this project.

  • Matt

    At least it might cause more people to read David Foster Wallace