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First look at Jason Segel as David Foster Wallace in The End of the Tour film

Celebrated author committed suicide in 2008

Filming is underway on the David Foster Wallace biopic The End of the Tour, offering a glimpse of Jason Segel stepping into the role of the Infinite Jest author.

Segel wears Foster Walllace's trademark bandana and glasses in the image, which comes courtesy of a passer-by, looking puzzled as he moves through the Mall of the America.

General bemusement with the shallowness of modern America was a theme that came up time and time again in his work, with his articles and essays taking him to porn conventions and lobster festivals.

The End of the Tour is based on David Lipsy's book Although Of Course You End Up Becoming Yourself: A Road Trip With David Foster Wallace, with Jesse Eissenberg playing Lipsy.

The film will recall the long conversations the pair had on the road surrounding depression, women and the pros and cons of fame during one of Foster Wallace's promotional book tours.

Smashed's James Ponsoldt will direct the film, with Lipsky and Donald Margulies handling the screenplay.