“Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far on Foot,” it says on the caption of a cartoon by John Callahan wherein town sheriffs on horseback gaze at an empty wheelchair, presumably that of the person they are chasing.
That caption also serves as a cheeky title for the upcoming Callahan biopic, starring Joaquin Phoenix as the quadriplegic cartoonist plagued by alcohol addiction. Adapted from Callahan’s 1989 autobiography and directed by Gus Van Sant, the film chronicles Callahan’s treatment for alcoholism (with Jonah Hill playing his eccentric sponsor) following a booze-fueled car accident that snapped his spine.
It’s during his recovery that Callahan discovers his talent, and acts on it, establishing himself as a beloved—and sometimes hated—taboo-tackling artist, subsequently featured in publications the world over.
Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far on Foot opens in select theaters on May 11, 2018. Watch the trailer below.