First Trailer for Richard Gere Movie ‘The Benefactor’

Samuel Goldwyn Films has finally debuted a trailer for director Andrew Renzi’s first feature length film, The Benefactor,  starring Richard Gere as a rich, troubled philanthropist who enters the lives of a young married couple played by Dakota Fanning and Theo James.

Formerly known as Franny, the film premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival to mixed reviews. Also starring Cheryl Hines and Dylan Baker, the first trailer has now landed ahead of a January release. Samuel Goldwyn Films releases The Benefactor in a limited number of theaters and through video on-demand outlets starting January 15th, 2016.

Watch the trailer below.

As for me, all I know is that January is where bad movies go to die, and where studios hope we won’t notice them.

Richard Gere Movie

Richard Gere delivers a bravura performance as the title character, a rich eccentric man who worms his way into the lives of a deceased friend’s young daughter (Dakota Fanning) and her new husband (Theo James). Writer-director Andrew Renzi’s narrative feature debut Franny is a warm and winsome story that explores the pangs of the past and reflects on what it is to be family.

Renzi displays the nuances of a seasoned storyteller, constructing an emotional labyrinth around an endearing and enduring Shakespearian character. Franny is a remarkable drama enlivened by incredible performances delivered by a versatile cast, bringing to life Renzi’s powerful cinematic vision.