added: Thu, Feb 23rd '17
Whatever you need, Richard Gere can help you get it. Or at least, that's how he describes his line of work in the new trailer for the quirky character drama "Norman: The Moderate Rise and Tragic Fall of a New York Fixer."
Getting a chance to loosen up his stiff image and really lay on the charm, Gere plays an aggressively charismatic New York facilitator named Norman Oppenheimer. He's a "consultant" who says he can help you get the things you want or need. Though it appears Norman spends most of his time chasing down his business associates who either want nothing to do with him or don't particularly want to help him out.
But always the optimist, Norman catches a big break when he unexpectedly bumps into a rising Israeli politician (played by Israeli actor Lior Ashkenazi) while shopping in downtown New York. Now Norman has secure the perfect connection for him to wheel-and-deal his way into the city's Jewish political community.
The film, which also stars Michael Sheen, Steve Buscemi, Dan Stevens, Hank Azaria, Josh Charles, and Charlotte Gainsbourg, is written and directed by Joseph Cedar, the New York-born Israeli filmmaker who previously wrote and helmed the 2012 Oscar-nominated foreign drama "Footnote."
"Norman," which marks Cedar's English-language debut, is set to open on April 14th.
Norman Oppenheimer (Richard Gere) lives a lonely life in the margins of New York City power and money, a would-be operator dreaming up financial schemes that never come to fruition. As he has nothing real to offer, Norman strives to be everyone's friend, but his incessant networking leads him nowhere.
Always on the lookout for someone willing to pay attention to him, Norman sets his sights on Micha Eshel (Lior Ashkenazi), a charismatic Israeli politician alone in New York at a low point in his career. Sensing Eshel's vulnerability, Norman reaches out with a gift of a very expensive pair of shoes, a gesture that deeply touches Eshel. When Eshel becomes Prime Minister three years later, he remembers.
With his very real connection to the leader of a major nation, Norman is awash in the respect he has always craved. Flush with his newfound feeling of success, Norman attempts to use Eshel's name to leverage his biggest deal ever: a series of quid pro quo transactions linking the Prime Minister to Norman's nephew (Michael Sheen), a rabbi (Steve Buscemi), a mogul (Harris Yulin), his assistant (Dan Stevens), and a treasury official from the Ivory Coast. Norman's kaleidoscopic plans soon go awry, creating the potential for an international catastrophe he must struggle to prevent.
directed by Joseph Cedar
starring Richard Gere, Lior Ashkenazi, Michael Sheen, Steve Buscemi, Dan Stevens, Hank Azaria, Josh Charles, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Harris Yulin
release date April 14, 2017