Emile Hirsch’s bright red hair and freckles in his new film “Peel” has made him innocent, naive and estranged from his family, but he is still the “most decent person” you’ll meet.
In this charming, emotional and quirky coming of age story, Hirsch plays Peel, a young man who goes on a road trip to reconnect with his long-lost, brown-haired brothers after his mother’s death.
“Everyone would tease me and say my hair was red because my mom had an affair with the pool boy,” Hirsch says in the first trailer for “Peel,” which TheWrap has obtained exclusively. “She told me I sprouted from an orange peel.”
After being abandoned by his father at a young age and raised in near isolation by a loving yet emotionally unstable and over-protective mother, a now 30-year-old Peel is left lost and alone upon his mama’s unexpected death. With no job, family or friends to help him make house payments, he rents a room to a pair of drifters and eventually sets out on a search for his long lost, brown-haired brothers. “Peel” follows Hirsch on his journey to rebuild his broken family and connect with the eclectic collection of misfits he meets along the way.
The dramedy from director Rafael Monserrate explores how the power of innocence can cut through a world full of cynicism and betrayals.
“The most decent person I’ve ever met is your brother,” a character says in the trailer. “Yeah he’s something. I don’t know what that is, but he’s something,” Peel’s brother replies.
“Peel” also stars Amy Brenneman (“The Leftovers,” “Private Practice,” “Judging Amy”), Jack Kesy (“Baywatch, “The Strain,” “Claws”), Shiloh Fernandez (“Evil Dead; The East”), Yaya DaCosta (“The Butler,” “Chicago Med”) and Jacob Vargas (“Luke Cage,” “Sons of Anarchy”). Monserrate directed the film written by Lee Karaim. The producers are David Hillary, Jeffrey Thal and Rafael Monserrate, with Timothy Wayne Peternel, Phil Hunt, Compton Ross, David Vaccari and Ray Bouderau serving as executive producers.
“Peel” first played at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival earlier this year and debuts on digital from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment on May 7, and then will be available at Redbox May 14.
Watch the exclusive first trailer above.