THE GOOD LIE Trailer Features Reese Witherspoon

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Following the Dear White People trailer, The Good Lie trailer has arrived to give us a good example of the type being mocked in Sundance racial comedy: the focus is on how nice it was of Reese Witherspoon to help Sudanese refugees out (at least based on the trailer).

Witherspoon portrays a “straight-talking American woman” who works tirelessly on behalf of four young Lost Boys of Sudan once they arrive in the US.

The usual, uplifting Hollywood film based on a true story co-stars Corey Stoll, Arnold Oceng as well as Sudanese children of war turned actors Ger Duany, Emmanuel Jal, and Nyakuoth Weil.

Directed by Philippe Falardeau of Monsieur Lazhar fame, The Good Lie opens on October 3rd as one of a few serious projects Witherspoon has lined up for the fall. Oscar-winning actress will also star in the upcoming adaptation of Cheryl Strayed’s bestselling memoir “Wild,” and is producing David Fincher‘s highly anticipated adaptation of Gillian Flynn‘s “Gone Girl“. It’s always nice to see Reese.

Check out the first official trailer below.

They were known simply as “The Lost Boys.”

Orphaned by the brutal Civil war in Sudan that began in 1983, these young victims traveled as many as a thousand miles on foot in search of safety. Fifteen years later, a humanitarian effort would bring 3600 lost boys and girls to America.

In “The Good Lie,” Philippe Falardeau, (writer and director of the Oscar®- nominated Foreign Language film “Monsieur Lazhar”) brings the story of their survival and triumph to life. Academy Award® winner Reese Witherspoon (“Walk the Line”) stars alongside Sudanese actors Arnold Oceng, Ger Duany, Emmanuel Jal, and newcomer Nyakuoth Weil, many of whom were also children of war.

Mamere and Theo are sons of the Chief in their village in Southern Sudan. When an attack by the Northern militia destroys their home and kills their parents, eldest son Theo is forced to assume the role of Chief and lead a group of young survivors, including his sister Abital, away from harm. But the hostile, treacherous terrain has other dangers in store for them.