Must Watch: First Teaser for J.A. Bayona's New Film 'A Monster Calls'
"One day the invisible man couldn't stand it anymore…" Focus Features has unveiled a must see teaser trailer for the new film from J.A. Bayona (The Impossible, The Orphanage) called A Monster Calls, about a boy dealing with bullying by "escaping into a fantastical world of monsters and fairy tales". The boy is played by Lewis MacDougall, but the cast list also shows Liam Neeson is playing The Monster seen at the end of the teaser. It also features Sigourney Weaver, Toby Kebbell, and Felicity Jones as his Mum. This is a very gorgeous teaser, and it doesn't show much, but it almost has a very dark Where the Wild Things Are feel. Also - note the wonderful use of the score from Cloud Atlas in this trailer. I want to see this.
Here's the first teaser trailer for Juan Antonio Bayona's A Monster Calls, direct from Focus' YouTube:
12-year-old Conor (Lewis MacDougall) attempts to deal with his mother's (Felicity Jones) illness and the bullying of his classmates by escaping into a fantastical world of monsters and fairy tales that explore courage, loss, and faith. A Monster Calls is a "visually spectacular drama" from Spanish filmmaker Juan Antonio Bayona, of The Impossible and The Orphanage previously. The film is based on the award-winning children’s fantasy novel of the same name, adapted by the author Patrick Ness. Focus Features will release J.A. Bayona's A Monster Calls in theaters everywhere starting October 21st, 2016 fall of next year.
Reader Feedback - 8 Comments
Neeson's American accent is so bad it is good. I hope is not another WHERE THE WILD THINGS ARE type movie, but it sounds awfully similar.
DAVIDPD on Nov 19, 2015
Got the exact same vibe
ion677 on Nov 19, 2015
Not at all like that. I'd recommend reading the book before it hits theaters. A super cool read.
Cyberdine on Nov 20, 2015
Hm, could be something! Lovely atmosphere in the trailer. I'm guessing Neeson's voice is so over the top growly because he's the monster.
Terry Craig on Nov 19, 2015
A pretty subtle teaser, but I'm excited. I loved The Orphanage. It was imaginative and well put together. It respected the audience. With this cast, I think we may be seeing the emergence of an incredibly talented filmmaker. Perhaps the Spanish version of Iñárritu (of Birdman and upcoming The Revenant). Though I didn't see The Impossible.
Jordan Diez on Nov 19, 2015
Well that was annoying. The voice fucked up everything...
ari smulders on Nov 19, 2015
Blasphemy for speaking of Liam Neeson that way. Bad karma also.
Cyberdine on Nov 20, 2015
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