The Muppets and How I Met Your Mother star Jason Segal will costar with Jesse Eisenberg in a new movie called The End of the Tour, Jeff Sneider at The Wrap reports:
Segel will play David Foster Wallace, the author of “Infinite Jest” who committed suicide in 2008, while Eisenberg will play Rolling Stone reporter David Lipsky.
James Ponsoldt (“The Spectacular Now”) will direct from a script by playwright Donald Margulies, who adapted Lipsky’s book Although Of Course You End Up Becoming Yourself: A Road Trip With David Foster Wallace.
Lots of people are expressing disbelief that Segal can play Wallace. I'll reserve my judgment, although it must be noted that Wallace is an incredibly difficult role. (Very smart people are tough to get right.) But there's an even greater problem with this production: Although Of Course You End Up Becoming Yourself is a terrible book. I reviewed it when it came out back in 2010. The book is exemplary of the worst kind of magazine profile writing, in which Lipsky is too obsessed with himself and making sure that he comes across as cool. He seems to miss the point of Wallace entirely while at the same time obsessing over trivial facts about Wallace's writing. It's possible that Eisenberg could capture Lipsky's off-putting neediness and turn his performance into a meta-commentary on the book, but if this production turns out to be a sincere take on Although Of Course, this movie will be very difficult to love.