EXCLUSIVE: The Rob Reiner-directed Being Charlie comes out from Paladin on Friday. Financed and produced by Jorva Entertainment Productions, the film was co-scripted by Reiner’s son Nick and Matt Elisofon about Nick’s personal battle with addiction. The clip features Cary Elwes as a candidate for California governor and Susan Misner as his wife — the parents of an addict (Nick Robinson) who have a heated argument about how they are dealing with their son. Morgan Saylor and Common also star in the film as Charlie’s girlfriend and rehab counselor, respectively.
“I attended the premiere of Princess Bride at the Toronto Film Festival back in 1987, and I remember leaving the theater in absolute awe,” said Jorva President and CEO Johnson Chan. “It was unlike anything I had ever seen — a truly defining moment in cinema. I never imagined I would be collaborating with Rob 30 years later. Being Charlie was the best experience I’ve had in my career as a filmmaker. It was truly a special project for Rob and his family, and I’m honored to have been a part of it.”
Jorva also is financing Reiner’s next film Shock and Awe, the politically charged project revolves around a group of journalists who asked the tough questions about Saddam Hussein’s alleged weapons of mass destruction, which was the way the Bush administration sold the Iraq War to the American public and the world in 2003.