Set your DVR’s and grab a box of Kleenex. HBO Films premieres “The Tale“ this coming Saturday May 26, starring Laura Dern, Jason Ritter, Ellen Burstyn, Common, and newcomer Isabelle Nélisse. This feature film is written and directed by Jennifer Fox, and retells her childhood story when she was sexually abused. HBO purchased distribution rights to the film after it premiered theatrically at this year’s Sundance Film Festival and garnered the first standing ovation.
TV/Film actor Scott Takeda plays the supporting role of Mr. Watada, working opposite Dern, Jaqueline Fleming, and the late John Heard.
“I’m so excited for the world to have a chance to see this groundbreaking film,” said Takeda. “There are parts that are difficult to watch. However this is an important story, especially with the #MeToo movement and all the changes happening in our society.”
In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Fox explains how she fought to tell her story and how the producers eventually decided to sell the film to HBO because they believed they’d reach a bigger audience if people could watch it from the safety of their home.
Prior to the release of the film, HBO and the producers launched a website to help viewers learn more about the subject and to provide resources for victims.