Oscar-winner Jennifer Lawrence stars in “Causeway” on Apple TV+. Photo: Apple TV+
Apple TV+ unveiled the first trailer Friday for its upcoming drama Causeway, starring and produced by Oscar-winning actor Jennifer Lawrence. In the film, she portrays a wounded soldier struggling to adjust to life upon returning home to New Orleans.
Causeway premieres in theaters and on Apple TV+ on November 4.
Causeway: Oscar winner Jennifer Lawrence plays soldier painfully readjusting to life in New Orleans after brain injury
Apple Original Films and production company A24 unveiled the trailer for Causeway. In the drama, directed by Lila Neugebauer, Lawrence plays Lynsey. She’s a military engineer who just returned to the States from Afghanistan with a debilitating brain injury after an IED explosion, Apple TV+ said.
It’s a painful and slow recovery. She relearns to walk and retrains her memory. A chatty but tender caretaker (Jayne Houdyshell) aids her. But when she returns home to New Orleans, she has to face memories even more difficult than those she had in service — a reckoning with her childhood.
Lynsey stays with her mother (Linda Emond), with whom she shares a tense relationship. All Lynsey wants to do is return to her work as an engineer. But her doctor (Stephen McKinley Henderson) is wary, so in the meantime she gets a job cleaning pools.
Friendship forms the core
When her truck breaks down she meets James Aucoin (Brian Tyree Henry), who works at the auto repair shop and offers her a ride home. Slowly they start to rely on each other for company and solace. As it happens, Aucoin is also suppressing his own past trauma.
The budding friendship forms the center and the heart of Neugebauer’s debut feature and its quietly devastating but ultimately uplifting story about coming to terms and moving forward.
Causeway is directed by Lila Neugebauer (Broadway’s The Waverly Gallery, Maid, The Last Thing He Told Me) and written by Ottessa Moshfegh, Luke Goebel and Elizabeth Sanders. The film stars Jennifer Lawrence (Don’t Look Up, Silver Linings Playbook, American Hustle) and Brian Tyree Henry (Atlanta, Bullet Train, If Beale Street Could Talk).
The film is produced by Lawrence and Justine Ciarrocchi. Neugebauer, Jacob Jaffke, Sophia Lin, Patricia Clarkson, Kirk Michael Fellows and Christopher J. Surgent serve as executive producers.
Apple TV+ is available by subscription for $4.99 per month with a seven-day free trial. Or you can get it via any tier of the Apple One subscription bundle. Since its November 2019 launch, Apple Original films, documentaries and series have earned 278 wins and 1,153 award nominations.