Official US Trailer for 'The Lady in the Van' Starring Maggie Smith
by Alex Billington
October 28, 2015
"I am here, she is there. There is no caring." Sony Pictures Classics has debuted the official US trailer for Maggie Smith's awards season contender The Lady in the Van, which will be getting a small Academy-qualifying release starting in December. In the film, actress Maggie Smith reprises her role as "the lady in the van" from the stage show of the same name, a character she has played for over a decade now. She is joined by Alex Jennings as Alan Bennett, with appearances by Dominic Cooper, James Corden, Jim Broadbent, Frances de la Tour and others. It's a charming, life-affirming story of a woman who prefers to live in her van than any permanent home. Is it just me, or did they use some music from Miyazaki films?
Here's the official US trailer for Nicholas Hytner's The Lady in the Van, originally from Deadline:
For reference, here's the second UK trailer for The Lady in the Van to compare footage and editing:
A writer (Alex Jennings) forms an unexpected bond with a transient woman (Maggie Smith) living in her car that's parked in his driveway. The Lady in the Van is directed by Nicholas Hytner (of The History Boys, Center Stage, The Object of My Affection, The Crucible), adapted by Alan Bennett from his 1999 play of the same name, which was nominated at the Olivier Awards for Play of the Year. Hytner directed the original production at the Queen's Theatre in London. Maggie Smith has played Miss Shepherd twice before, in the 1999 theatrical production and in a 2009 Radio 4 adaptation, and is reprising her role again here. This film is set for release in the UK this November, with a very limited US release starting this December.
This movie might give my government more crazy ideas on how to deal with mentally ill people.
Carpola on Oct 29, 2015
Look at her acting! LOOK AT IT!
DAVIDPD on Oct 29, 2015
Saw it last week. A gem. An absolute gem. Gentle. Funny. Not Funny haw haw just delightfuly funny. Maggie Smith is as good now as in the Prime of Miss Jean Brodie.
jimmymk on Nov 25, 2015
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