The film marks his first effort as a director since 2017’s “I Love You, Daddy,” which was dropped after the comedian admitted to sexual misconduct.
In 2017, Louis CK was set to return to filmmaking in a major way with “I Love You, Daddy,” an art film he wrote, directed, produced, and starred in. But in the months leading up to the controversial film, several of the comedians accused the comedian of sexual misconduct. The charges, which he eventually admitted, resulted in the film’s release being canceled and the comedian’s career temporarily derailed.
Now, five years later, Louis CK is gearing up to release another film. The comedian announced today that he has written, directed and starred in a new feature film called ‘Fourth of July’, which is set to hit theaters this summer.
The film tells the story of a recovering alcoholic and jazz pianist in New York City who clashes with his acerbic family during their annual Fourth of July vacation. In addition to CK, the cast includes Sarah Tollemache, Paula Plum, Robert Walsh, Robert Kelly and Joe List, who is also a co-writer.
CK also announced plans to roll out the film through a series of in-person events featuring the scandal-ridden comedian. He will screen the film for one-night-only engagements in New York (Beacon Theater, June 30), Boston (Shubert Theater, July 1) and Chicago (The Vic, July 2), appearing for Q&A sessions in directly after each screening. This effort will be accompanied by a traditional theatrical release, although it has not yet announced which theaters will screen the film.
Louis CK has been largely absent from the worlds of film and television since stories of his misconduct surfaced, although he has resumed his successful acting career. Some of his early live performances were criticized for his refusal to address his sexual misconduct (which many found particularly unusual, given that CK was famous for his brutal honesty), but he quickly bounced back. In the years since, the comic has steadily sold out theaters and released two stand-up specials, “Sorry” and “Sincerely Louis CK”, the latter of which earned him a Grammy for Outstanding Comedy Album.
Although limited release details have been announced, “Fourth of July” is set to hit theaters on July 1. Watch the trailer below: