“In life, you gotta have it.” And by the looks of things, The Tender Bar does.
On Thursday, Amazon Studios dropped the first trailer for George Clooney’s latest directorial effort. The Tender Bar stars Tye Sheridan as a boy, J.R., growing up under the tutelage of his Uncle Charlie (Ben Affleck) and an assortment of colorful father figures. With his home base in Charlie’s bar, J.R. makes a stab at pursuing his professional and personal dreams.
The first trailer showcases J.R.’s transformation from young boy to young adult, all under the watchful eye of Charlie and the characters of his bar. While his harried mother (Lily Rabe) and his curmudgeonly grandfather (Christopher Lloyd) stress about his future, Charlie takes J.R. under his wing to teach him the “male sciences.” As J.R. matures and earns a spot at Yale, he is caught between his family, his desire to be a writer, and the girl he’s falling for.
Claire Folger/Amazon Ben Affleck and Tye Sheridan in ‘The Tender Bar’
The Tender Bar is based on the best-selling memoir of the same name by J.R. Moehringer and features a script by William Monahan (The Departed). This marks Clooney’s first reunion with Affleck after winning Best Picture together for Affleck’s Argo (Clooney executive produced that film).
Watch the trailer above for more. The Tender Bar hits select theaters Dec. 17 before expanding nationwide Dec. 22. It will be available on Amazon Prime beginning Jane. 7