Gus Van Sant landed a mainstream critical success and earned a Best Director Oscar-nomination for his last film, 2008’s Milk. Now his new film, Restless, which stars Mia Wasikowska (Alice in Wonderland) and Henry Hopper (son of Dennis Hopper), has landed a release date of January 28, 2011, according to Box Office Mojo. The plot [via The Playlist] centers on “a 16-year-old-girl (Wasikowska) who has been diagnosed with a terminal illness and falls in love with an off-beat boy (Hopper) who likes to attend funerals and is suffering from the death of his family — which somehow produces the ghost of a young, Japanese kamikaze pilot from WWII (played Ryo Kase).” It doesn’t really sound like the mainstream fare of a film like Milk, but it’s certainly an interesting premise.
Restless will now go up against the comedy drama Kids in America (starring Topher Grace and Anna Faris) and the rebel exorcist flick The Rite (starring Anthony Hopkins). [The set photo above is from Progressive Values blogger Paul Hooson (who’s standing between Hopper and Wasikowska)]