Although the couple have broken up, Zach Braff and Florence Pugh have unveiled the trailer for their new film A good person. Also starring Morgan Freeman, the melodramatic film follows a young woman who drives a car into wreckage that kills her sister-in-law. The movie’s trailer is already getting a lot of attention, after Pugh’s role in the extremely messy and polarizing film don’t worry darling.
There’s a lot going on in A good person. Morgan Freeman plays Daniel, the father of Nathan (Chinaza Uche), who was engaged to Allison (Pugh) before this fatal accident. After the tragedy, Allison begins to spiral and becomes dependent on opioids.
In an unlikely twist, Allison ends up seeking refuge with Nathan when she hits rock bottom. Nathan faces other life issues – his daughter has just died and his granddaughter, Ryan (Celeste O’Connor), is sleeping with older men – but he’s generous enough to support Allison. Plus, she can help him figure out how to give sex advice to his younger granddaughter. It’s a win-win.
There are a few small details in the trailer that look promising: Molly Shannon appears to be playing Pugh’s mother, a dream cast for a mother-daughter duo that already pays off in the trailer as they bicker over terrible hairstyles. Jackie Hoffman stars as the barking neighbor Belinda. And Freeman is a model train collector, channeling young Spielberg into The Fabelmans.
Braff wrote and directed the film, which certainly bears a garden condition feel. Braff started dating Pugh in early 2019, when they collaborated on the short film It takes time to get there. Their 21-year age gap has been the subject of much criticism, especially on social media. At the time, Pugh was candid about why fans shouldn’t comment on their relationship, saying “I’m allowed to date and be with and date whoever I want.”
In August 2022, Pugh confirmed the couple had split in a cover story with Harper’s Bazaar promote its role in don’t worry darling. Although they parted ways quietly, Pugh said that A good person “really was probably one of my most favorite experiences.”
“We tried to do this split without the knowledge of the world, because it’s a relationship that everyone has an opinion on,” Pugh said of the breakup. “We just thought something like this would really give us the advantage of not having millions of people telling us how happy they are that we’re not together. So we did that. I automatically get a lump in my throat when I talk about it.
A good person premieres in theaters on March 24, 2023.