Alec Baldwin and Emilio Estevez find themselves on opposite sides of a library revolt in “The Public,” an upcoming film written and directed by Estevez.
The newly released trailer (above) begins with Estevez’s character Stuart braving a cold front as he walks to his place of work, a Cincinnati public library. Stuart's job, however, seems to be less about helping people find books and more about managing the homeless patrons who come there to seek refuge.
“It’s all drunks and crazy people,” his character says at one point.
When the local homeless population starts freezing to death on the library doorstep, however, Stuart begins to allow them to sleep in the library at night. The situation escalates after the authorities, led by Detective Bill Ramstead (played by Stern Show regular Alec Baldwin), eventually catch wind of the plan and threaten to kick them back out into the cold. But the homeless group, led by a man named Jackson (Michael K. Williams of “Boardwalk Empire”), refuses to leave the library, ultimately paving the way for a potentially violent police showdown.
“The Public,” co-starring Jena Malone, Christian Slater, Taylor Schilling, Gabrielle Union, and Jeffrey Wright, premieres Jan. 31 at the Santa Barbara Film Festival. Watch the official trailer (above).