After working the festival circuit over the last few months, HBO has released the trailer for “Bad Education,” a true-life story starring Academy Award nominee Hugh Jackman (“Les Misérables”) and Academy Award winner Allison Janney (“I, Tonya”).
Jackman stars as the driven Frank Tassone, while Janney portrays Pamela Gluckin, with the trailer showcasing the dynamite chemistry between the pair. Other cast members include Ray Romano (“The Irishman”), Alex Wolff (“Hereditary”) and Geraldine Viswanathan (“Blockers”).
The following is the synopsis as written by HBO to accompany the trailer:
Directed by Cory Finley and based on a true story, a student reporter starts to trace embezzlement at the Roslyn School District, in Long Island after the assistant superintendent makes a crucial mistake that hints at corruption that spans over a decade. Dr. Frank Tassone, played by Hugh Jackman serves as the superintendent of the district that he led to be the fourth best in the country. He’s forced to deal with the fallout of this scandal and attempts to protect others— and himself.
Cory Finley directs in only his second directorial feature, having previously directed and written “Thoroughbreds” starring Anya Taylor-Joy and Olivia Cooke which played in competition at the London Film Festival. The script has been penned by Mike Makowsky, with previous writing credits including the apocalypse film “I Think We’re Alone Now” with Peter Dinklage and Elle Fanning.
Jackman has had a string of box office successes in recent years, including his role as P.T. Barnum in the musical “The Great Showman” and his final appearance as Wolverine in “Logan.” Janney meanwhile has had recent Oscar success, winning Best Supporting Actress for “I, Tonya” in 2018, while also earning several Emmy Award nominations for her continued performance in “Mom.”
HBO acquired the rights for “Bad Education” and marks the latest feature film set to premiere on the channel. Last year they released “Share” and “Ice on Fire” after they premiered at Sundance and Cannes respectively. HBO also has “The Many Saints of Newark” slated to be released later in 2020, a prequel film to the acclaimed television series “The Sopranos.”
Below is the trailer for “Bad Education” which HBO released on their official YouTube channel: