If you were wondering what Jon Stewart did when he took time off from the Daily Show last summer, look no further: The trailer for the movie he wrote and directed, Rosewater, has just been released. And it looks like it's going to be a sensational film.
Based on Then They Came For Me, the memoir of Iranian Canadian journalist Maziar Bahari co-written with Aimee Molloy, Rosewater follows Bahari's imprisonment in Iran under the assumption that he is a spy. The movie does not shy away from the brutality and solitude of the book's source material, nor does it tiptoe around the controversies of its historical content, namely the protests surrounding the 2009 presidential election that brought Bahari to the country.
The trailer does shows a glimmer of Stewart's trademark wit, but it is not used for comedy, it's merely used for levity amidst of horror.
The movie stars Gael Garcia Bernal as Bahari, Kim Bodnia as the interrogator and Shohreh Aghdashloo as Bahari's wife. Rosewater will usher in a whole new era for Stewart.
Rosewater is scheduled to be released Nov. 7.