Tommy Lee Jones & Ben Foster Thriller Acquired by Paramount+

Paramount+ announced today that it has purchased best class, a new original film focused on the fisherman. The drama is set to provide a realistic look at the world of fishing, and the stars tommy lee jones and ben encourage. In the story, two estranged brothers are reunited when they are forced to strike a deal with a crime syndicate in desperate times. It will premiere exclusively on Paramount+ later this year.

In addition to Jones and Foster, the cast also features Toby Wallaceand Jenna Ortega. Foster and Wallace play the estranged brothers, and Jones is the father. After the Academy Award winner CODA showed a bit of the routine of a fishing family, it will be interesting to get another, and probably braver, perspective on this industry that we don’t often see portrayed in movies.


best class is written and directed by Brian Hegellandwho wrote some universally acclaimed movies like LA Confidential (for which he won an Oscar) and Clint Eastwood‘s Mystical river. As a director, Helgeland tried his luck several times, most notably in 42a sports drama starring the late Chadwick Boseman. best class will mark Helgeland’s first foray into directing since 2015 Legendin which Tom Hardy played twins.

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There’s a reason for Helgeland to take on the project and double down as director and screenwriter: He has a lot of professional fishing experience, so this is a passion project for him. He shared his thoughts on how this influenced him in an official statement:

“Having spent a year after college as a fisherman from Massachusetts, I created a script that brings a level of authenticity by being able to weave together my own personal experiences. I come from a long line of commercial fishermen and have experienced their hard-working world firsthand. With the help of our partners at 101 Studios, Paramount+, and Bosque Ranch, we will be able to accurately capture their efforts at sea, as well as honor them for their immense contribution to society. I feel privileged for the opportunity to tell this story to audiences around the world.”

Paramount+ has yet to announce a release date for best guy. However, the streamer has already announced that the film will also be available on Paramount+ in Australia, Canada, and Latin America, as well as the UK, France, Germany, Italy, Switzerland, and South Korea when the service launches in those markets. later this year.

Check out the official synopsis here:

Set in New Bedford, Massachusetts, America’s largest commercial fishing port, FINESTKIND tells the story of two brothers (Foster and Wallace) from opposite sides of the tracks, who meet again as adults during one fateful summer. When desperate circumstances force them to strike a deal with a dangerous Boston crime syndicate, a young woman (Ortega) is caught in the middle. Along the way, sacrifices must be made and the bonds between siblings, friends, and a father (Jones) and his son are tested.


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