A trailer has surfaced for Ben Lewin’s R-Rated comedy The Sessions (formerly The Surrogate), which screened at Sundance earlier this year and stars John Hawkes in an Oscar-buzzed lead role. The film tells the true story of Mark O’Brien (Hawkes), a writer and poet crippled by polio who sets out at the age of 38 to lose his virginity, with spiritual guidance from his priest (William H. Macy) and the help of a sex surrogate (Helen Hunt). O’Brien’s tale has already been the subject of the 1997 Oscar-winning documentary Breathing Difficulties, and based on this first trailer The Sessions looks like a warm, funny and accessible version of the story with a stellar cast. Hawkes has been around for years – you may recognise him from supporting roles in Deadwood, Me You and Everyone We Know and Eastbound & Down – but it wasn’t until his magnetic, Oscar-nominated turn in 2010’s Winter’s Bone that his career truly took off. He’s been on a roll since, delivering great performances in Martha Marcy May Marlene, Contagion, and Higher Ground last year, and I’m looking forward to seeing Hawkes in his first major lead role in The Sessions.
The Sessions opens October 26, State-side. Check out the first trailer and poster below (via The Playlist).