Emilio Estevez joins an ensemble cast with his next film as director in the trailer to The Public.


In “The Public” an unusually bitter Arctic blast has made its way to downtown Cincinnati and the front doors of the public library where the action of the film takes place. At odds with library officials over how to handle the extreme weather event, some homeless patrons turn the building into a shelter for the night by staging an “Occupy” sit in. What begins as an act of civil disobedience becomes a stand-off with police and a rush-to-judgment media constantly speculating about what’s really happening. This David versus Goliath story tackles some of our nation’s most challenging issues, homelessness and mental illness and sets the drama inside one of the last bastions of democracy-in-action: your public library.

The ensemble includes Christian Slater, Jena Malone, Taylor Schilling, Michael Kenneth Williams, Gabrielle Union, Jacob Vargas, and Alec Baldwin. Esteven wrote the directed the film as well as star.

The Public comes to select theaters on April 5 from Universal Pictures.