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‘Jules’ Preview: Sir Ben Kingsley Becomes the Guardian of an Alien in Uplifting Comedy

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Bleecker Street has unveiled an initial glimpse of Jules, their forthcoming science-fiction comedy-drama with Academy Award recipient Ben Kingsley in the lead. The same year Steven Spielberg introduced E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial to the world, Kingsley bagged the coveted Oscar in 1982. Now, four decades later, Kingsley is set to have his personal close encounter — all the while drawing some elements from Cocoon. The film, directed by Marc Turtletaub (Puzzle), features Kingsley as Milton, a common man whose mundane life flips completely when an alien guest crash lands in his backyard.

The movie features Kingsley, the Best Actor Oscar winner for his role in Gandhi, and co-stars Harriet Sansom Harris (Licorice Pizza), Zoe Winters (Succession), Jade Quon (Transformers: The Last Knight), and Jane Curtin (3rd Rock from the Sun). The director, Turtletaub, is also an Academy Award nominee for his contribution to Little Miss Sunshine. The film is produced by Deborah Liebling (65), Andy Daly (Review), Michael B. Clark, and Alex Turtletaub (The Miseducation of Cameron Post).

In a quiet, unassuming town in western Pennsylvania lives a man, Milton, leading an undisturbed life marked by routine. But, the monotony of his days is disrupted when an alien visitor crash lands in his backyard. Milton’s life takes a drastic turn as he develops a profound connection with this cosmic visitor, who he and his friends affectionately christen “Jules.”

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As Milton and Jules form a deep bond, complications ensue when two intrigued neighbors stumble upon their secret. The situation escalates when the government intervenes, leading the neighbors into a comedic and imaginative series of events. Through the ensuing adventure, the trio embarks on a poignant journey in the sunset of their lives, contemplating the true essence of existence, guided by their small, blue, extraterrestrial friend.

Warm Reception for ‘Jules’

The movie debuted at the 2023 Sonoma International Film Festival and was selected as the opening night film. It received such an overwhelmingly positive response that it clinched the Stolman Audience Award for Best Feature.

Bleecker Street will bring Jules to North American theaters on August 11. You can catch a glimpse of the movie in the trailer provided below.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about Jules Movie

Who is the lead actor in the movie ‘Jules’?

The lead actor in ‘Jules’ is Academy Award winner Ben Kingsley.

What is the movie ‘Jules’ about?

‘Jules’ is about a man named Milton, played by Ben Kingsley, who forms an unlikely friendship with an extraterrestrial being that crash-lands in his backyard.

Who directed the movie ‘Jules’?

‘Jules’ is directed by Marc Turtletaub, who was previously nominated for an Academy Award for his work on ‘Little Miss Sunshine.’

Who else stars in the movie ‘Jules’?

The film also stars Harriet Sansom Harris, Zoe Winters, Jade Quon, and Jane Curtin.

Where did ‘Jules’ have its world premiere?

‘Jules’ had its world premiere at the 2023 Sonoma International Film Festival.

What award did ‘Jules’ win at the Sonoma International Film Festival?

At the Sonoma International Film Festival, ‘Jules’ won the Stolman Audience Award for Best Feature.

When is ‘Jules’ set to release in North American theaters?

‘Jules’ is set to be released in North American theaters on August 11.

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SparklingLemon July 11, 2023 - 12:49 pm

omg! jus saw the trailer, i think this movie gonna make me cry :’)

SilverScreenQueen July 11, 2023 - 6:54 pm

Kingsley, Harris, Winters, Quon and Curtin in one movie, directed by Turtletaub? That’s like my dream ensemble cast! count me in.

nighthawk65 July 11, 2023 - 6:58 pm

aliens… backyards… small towns. feels like a trip down nostalgia lane, but with a Kingsley twist. i’m in.

moviemanic July 11, 2023 - 7:39 pm

I’ve always adored Ben Kingsley’s work! this looks like a delightful mashup of E.T. and cocoon, definitely worth a watch.

popcorn_lover July 12, 2023 - 3:27 am

Did anyone else get chills when they read the title “Jules has already received warm reviews”?? So excited for this one!!


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