A new trailer has been released for Elijah Wood’s 1950s-set film Set Fire to the Stars. The movie is based on true events and Wood plays John Malcolm Brinnin, the New York academic and poet who convinced his favorite poet Dylan Thomas (Celyn Jones) to come to America.
The press release describes Thomas as a volatile celebrity poet, who is “tormented by anonymity, alcohol and the abyss – who scandalized the Manhattan literati of the Fifties and challenged Brinnin’s hero worship of his work.” As for the story, the synopsis reveals the following:
In the face of the Welsh poet’s wilder excesses in the Big Apple – angel, beast and madman – John has no choice but to hijack Dylan to a private retreat to get him ready for America. The days and nights that follow will change his life forever. Part literary biopic and – shot in cut-glass black-and-white – part love-letter to the American B-movies of the Forties and Fifties, Andy Goddard’s debut feature is both a character driven chamber piece and a cautionary tale about the fly trap of meeting your heroes.
Set Fire to the Stars opens on June 12th.