Danny Collins was a huge rock star once, and to some, he still is. Back in the 1970s, he wrote the hit songs that made the whole sing. And he never stopped—quite literally. In Danny Collins, the directorial debut from screenwriter Dan Fogelman (Crazy, Stupid, Love), Danny (Al Pacino) is still performing to huge—but much grayer—crowds, and his newest album in a greatest hits compilation… Volume 3. In truth, he hasn’t written a new song in 30 years.
Enter John Lennon. More precisely, enter an undelivered letter that John Lennon wrote to Danny in 1971 that urged him to “Stay true to your music. Stay true to yourself,” just as the young singer’s fame began to consume him. When Danny discovers it more than 30 years later, it sends him into a tailspin that threatens to derail his tour. But it might be exactly what he needs as an artist and a human being. He turns the tour bus around and heads for New Jersey to meet the grown-up son (Bobby Cannavale) he neglected and to make amends before it’s too late.
In this exclusive scene from the film, which opens in select theaters on March 20, Danny uses his celebrity to arrange a meeting for his son and his wife (Jennifer Garner) at the expensive special-needs school where his grandchild could thrive.
Here’s the complete trailer, which showcases the romantic fireworks between Danny and the hotel employee played by Annette Bening.