While many people really think of Paul Bettany as Vision in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, given that’s the bulk of the film work he’s done over the past half-decade, we tend to forget that Bettany is just one of the most versatile actors working today and has been for years. And he gets to flex his acting muscles in the upcoming Amazon film, “Uncle Frank.”
Shedding his British accent for a Southern twang, Bettany stars as the title character in the upcoming dramedy, “Uncle Frank.” The film tells the story of Frank, a gay man that has spent the bulk of his adult life hiding his true self from his very conservative family. However, when his young niece learns of his sexuality, he is urged to face the trauma and secrets that he’s been hiding for years.
The film stars Bettany opposite Sophia Lillis, Peter Macdissi, Judy Greer, Steve Zahn, Lois Smith, Margo Martindale, and Stephen Root. “Uncle Frank” is written and directed by Alan Ball. The filmmaker is probably best known for his work as the writer of “American Beauty,” as well as the creative mastermind for series such as “Six Feet Under” and “True Blood.”
“Uncle Frank” arrives on Amazon Prime Video on November 25. Just in time to experience the awkwardness of family while sitting in the awkwardness of your own family.
Here’s the synopsis:
In 1973, teenaged Beth Bledsoe (Sophia Lillis) leaves her rural Southern hometown to study at New York University where her beloved Uncle Frank (Paul Bettany) is a revered literature professor. She soon discovers that Frank is gay, and living with his longtime partner Walid “Wally” Nadeem (Peter Macdissi) — an arrangement that he has kept secret for years. After the sudden death of Frank’s father — Beth’s grandfather — Frank is forced to reluctantly return home for the funeral with Beth in tow, and to finally face a long-buried trauma that he has spent his entire adult life running away from.