By Mandi Bierly
Updated July 28, 2010 at 05:06 PM EDT

I love when pop culture becomes an immersive experience: Reading the The Perfect Storm at night on a balcony overlooking the ocean, watching Jaws while sitting in an inner tube in a swimming pool, seeing Red River at a wooded drive-in (still my dream). Maybe that’s why I’m digging the concept of Louis, a silent film that revolves around 6-year-old Louis Armstrong’s dreams of playing the trumpet and stars Jackie Earle Haley as the villain, an evil judge with a secret that could derail his bid for governor of Louisiana. The film, directed by Dan Pritzker with cinematography by Oscar winner Vilmos Zsigmond, will tour five cities in late August, with live musical accompaniment by Wynton Marsalis, pianist Cecile Licad, and a 10-piece all-star jazz ensemble. With his interesting, expressive face and slight, whimsical build, Haley seems perfectly cast. Watch the trailer below.