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'The Company You Keep' Trailer Shows Jackie Evancho's Acting Debut

The classical crossover singing star is part of the cast in a movie directed by Robert Redford.

Wondering how singing star Jackie Evancho's talents transfer to the silver screen?

You can catch a glimpse of the 12-year-old in the just-released trailer for Robert Redford's The Company You Keep. The Pine-Richland phenom plays Redford's daughter in the action film based on Neil Gordon's novel of the same name.

Redford plays Jim Grant, a Vietnam-era fugitive wanted on murder charges for a robbery that went wrong in 1974. When a young newspaper reporter (Shia LaBeouf) starts pursuing the story, Grant goes on the run with his daughter, Isabel, in tow.

"What's wrong? You look weird," Isabel (Jackie) asks her father (Redford) in a kitchen scene from the trailer.

"I'm fine, honey," Redford answers as he glances over a newspaper with a story about a fellow fugitive's arrest.

Later, you see Redford and Jackie getting into a car with Redford saying:

"We're not going to school. We're going to go on a little trip."

The next time you see Jackie in the trailer, she is sitting on a park bench with a cell phone to her ear, asking: "Did you kill that man?"

Redford answers: "Of course not."

As it looks like Redford is on the run, the reporter surmises: "I don't think he's running away. I think he's trying to clear his name."

The cast also includes Susan Sarandon, Julie Christie, Nick Nolte, Terrence Howard, Chris Cooper, Brendan Gleeson, Anna Kendrick and Richard Jenkins. It will be released by Sony Pictures Classics.

The film premieres at the Venice Film Festival next week and later will screen at the Toronto International Film Festival, according to the Wall Street Journal.

Jackie continues her singing career with a concert tonight (Friday) in California where she shares the stage with the legendary Tony Bennett.

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Joe Merkt September 03, 2012 at 12:01 AM
Cindy, Thanks for keeping us up on developments in Jackie Evancho's incredible career! This clip just gives us a taste of her ability as an actress. Unfortunately, I won't be able to see the film at either festival. I have friends who will see it in Toronto. My understanding is that Jackie will walk the red carpet for the gala premiere in Toronto. I did see the concert with Tony Bennett at Ironstone in Murphys, CA. What a night! First we were treated to an hour of Jackie doing a mix of songs from her upcoming CD, Songs From the Silver Screen (available Oct 2), and her Dream With Me CD accompanied by the Stockton Symphony with guest conductor John Mario Di Costanzo. Jackie did incredible renditions of Music of the Night and her iconic O Mio Babbino Caro as well as six other songs. Then we were treated to the legendary Tony Bennett. Tony is an incredible showman. In the midst of his set, he paid tribute to Jackie and asked the crowd about bringing her back on stage for a song. Of course, we Jackie fans had been hoping for that and roared our approval. Jackie then joined Tony in a heartfelt duet of When You Wish Upon A Star. This brought the crowd to its feet as Jackie waved and left the stage. Tony kept us in the palm of his hand for another 40 minutes and had the crowd roaring for more when he finished. It was a great night. The legend and the prodigy, 74 years between them, sharing the same stage was a night I'll never forget. Joe Merkt Thompsons Station, TN
Robert Dorff April 03, 2013 at 02:49 PM
Kudos to Redford for making a film that's about something. "Company" was hardly an appropriate test for Jackie's acting ability. Not to worry. When she gets the right part Jackie will reward her fans with A GREAT PERFORMANCE proving once again that this young geinus can walk on water.
Robert Dorff April 18, 2013 at 03:12 PM
P.S. Saw the movie in a theater last night. Jackie was even better than the clips indicated.

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