Rex’s Mikey is thrown into a flurry of bad scenarios in the trailer, including moving back in with his wife (Bree Elrod), having to explain a seventeen-year gap in work during job applications, and being sucker-punched outside of a donut shop. The film, on the other hand, appears to be giving Rex a terrific and unexpected lead performance. Rafael Motamayor of Collider wrote in his review of Red Rocket that Rex “perfectly depicts Mikey’s arrogant pride for his accomplishment and his drive to acquire more glory.” check out the new poster below.
Red Rocket is a collaboration between director and co-writer Baker and co-writer Chris Bergoch. Baker has developed a reputation for writing uniquely American stories about people who live outside of society’s conventions in recent years. Tangerine, Baker’s breakout film from 2015, followed a transgender sex worker as she searched for her pimp lover who had been cheating on her during the length of Christmas Eve. The Florida Project, released in 2017, followed a six-year-old child (Brooklynn Prince) and her unemployed mother while they lived in a hotel near Walt Disney World. Red Rocket appears to be in keeping with Baker’s previous work, with characters that mix comedy and drama as they fight to make ends meet.
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