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Richard Linklater's Everybody Wants Some to open SXSW film festival

'Boyhood' director returns to his 'Dazed and Confused' roots

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Richard Linklater’s college-baseball comedy, Everybody Wants Some, will lead off the SXSW Film Conference and Festival on March 11, organizers of the Austin, Texas, gathering announced Tuesday.

The screening will mark the world premiere of the writer-director’s 1980s-set movie about a group of swaggering ballplayers navigating the freedoms and responsibilities of impending adulthood.

With an ensemble cast including Will Brittain, Zoey Deutch, Ryan Anthony Guzman, Tyler Hoechlin, Blake Jenner, Glen Powell, and Wyatt Russell, Everybody Wants Some has been described as a spiritual successor to Linklater’s 1993 cult classic, Dazed and Confused.

Paramount Pictures will release the film on April 15.

An Austin resident, Linklater most recently helmed Boyhood, which earned him Oscar nominations for Director, Original Screenplay, and Best Picture.

“We are so thrilled to premiere Richard’s latest work, which is really funny, instantly quotable, and filled will great new talent,” said Janet Pierson, head of SXSW Film, in the announcement. “Audiences are going to love this paean to competition and coming of age in the ’80s.”

The 23rd edition of SXSW Film will run March 11-19.