By Esther Zuckerman
May 27, 2015

In the new trailer for James Ponsoldt’s film The End of the Tour, Jason Segel plays David Foster Wallace discussing topics ranging from Die Hard to sadness to why he wears that bandana: “I know that it’s a security blanket for me whenever I’m kind of afraid my head is going to explode.”

There’s already talk of awards for Segel’s portrayal of Wallace. After the film premiered at Sundance, The Huffington Post wrote, “it’s early, but let’s prep Jason Segel’s Oscar campaign just to be safe.”

The film, which was written by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Donald Margulies, follows Wallace on a road trip as he’s promoting Infinite Jest. He’s traveling with David Lipsky, played here by Jesse Eisenberg, who was reporting for Rolling Stone and would go on to publish his and Wallace’s conversations in the book Although Of Course You End Up Becoming Yourself.

Speaking to TIME about why the book was framed as a “straight transcript,” Lipsky said in 2010: “It seemed like the best thing was to say, Here’s what he was like to be with. Here’s what he was like to be with in a car and on an airplane. It seemed like the only way to write about him.”

The movie is due out July 31.

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