First Look At Sofia Coppola’s ‘On The Rocks’, Director Talks Reuniting With Bill Murray

It’s usually an excruciating three-year-wait for a new Sofia Coppola film, and right on time following 2017’s underrated The Beguiled, the director is back with her new project for Apple and A24.  On the Rocks stars Bill Murray and Rashida Jones, and returns Coppola back to the small-scale relationship stories of Lost in Translation and Somewhere.

The first images from On the Rocks have arrived, featuring Murray, Jones, and co-star Marlon Wayans. Murray plays Jones’ larger-than-life playboy father, who she struggles to connect with during an adventure in New York.

Coppola and Murray are, of course, familiar with one another from Lost in Translation, a film that earned the actor his only Oscar nomination for Best Actor. Speaking with EW, Coppola talked about reuniting with Murray and her reasons for wanting to do this movie…

“I wanted to do something that was a little bit lighter and more playful with a lot of heart and sincerity.”

“I never thought I could do something with Bill again, because people have such a fondness of him and ‘Lost in Translation. I could never recreate something like that, so I never wanted to touch it. But, all this time has passed, and I loved working with him and I love seeing him in film. We haven’t really seen him as this debonair, playboy father at this stage [of life], so I just had to get over it because now we’re in a different phase [of life].”

On the Rocks hits theaters and Apple TV+ this October.

 

Travis Hopson has been reviewing movies before he even knew there was such a thing. Having grown up on a combination of bad '80s movies, pro wrestling, comic books, and hip-hop, Travis is uniquely positioned to geek out on just about everything under the sun. A vampire who walks during the day and refuses to sleep, Travis is the co-creator and lead writer for Punch Drunk Critics. He is also a contributor to Good Morning Washington, WBAL Morning News, and WETA Around Town. In the five minutes a day he's not working, Travis is also a voice actor, podcaster, and Twitch gamer. Travis is a voting member of the Critics Choice Association (CCA), Washington DC Area Film Critics Association (WAFCA), and Late Night programmer for the Lakefront Film Festival.