Bryan Cranston Sulks in His Attic in First Trailer for Indie 'Wakefield'

April 18, 2017
Source: YouTube

Wakefield Trailer

"Suburban life. So much is the same, week after week. Who hasn't had the impulse to put their life on hold for a moment?" IFC Films has unveiled a trailer for an indie drama titled Wakefield, from writer/director Robin Swicord. This first premiered at the Telluride and Toronto Film Festivals last fall, to fairly mediocre reviews unfortunately. Bryan Cranston stars as a New York City lawyer living in the suburbs who has a nervous breakdown and decides to leave his family and hide out in his attic. The full cast includes Jennifer Garner, Beverly D'Angelo, Jason O'Mara, Ian Anthony Dale, Pippa Bennett-Warner, and Ellery Sprayberry. I like this trailer. It plays like a short film, but I'm not sure how much else there is to this film.

Here's the first official trailer for Robin Swicord's Wakefield, direct from YouTube:

Wakefield Movie

Howard Wakefield, a New York City lawyer, hides out in the attic of his home for weeks, coming out in the daytime when his family is gone to shower and eat. His withdrawal leads him to examine his life, and he rationalizes that he has not abandoned his family because he is still in the house. When a former boyfriend re-enters his wife's life, he realizes that he may not be able to return to the life he has left. Wakefield is written and directed by American filmmaker/screenwriter Robin Swicord, who made her feature debut with the film The Jane Austen Book Club. This first premiered at the Telluride and Toronto Film Festivals last fall. IFC Films will open Wakefield in select theaters starting May 19th this summer. Anyone curious?

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It might be interesting, but honestly, the premise is a bit overstretched...

shiboleth on Apr 18, 2017


Maybe Cranston should just work with A-List directors. I think he could really do some magic with Scorsese or Aronofsky.

DAVIDPD on Apr 18, 2017


"I generally pass on anything Cranston is in" Even on Breaking bad?

tarek on Apr 21, 2017


@disqus_yyq0lnHEEt:disqus You sir, are a never ending enigma. I'm ever fascinated with your opinions and views, however, sometimes, I am just amazed at what you don't like! haha! Let me throw this at you. I just watched the extended version of Welles "Touch of Evil". What's your feeling on that? Also, Breaking Bad is a slow burn, and doesn't really take off until the second season as the first is mostly character development and backstory.

THE_RAW_ on Apr 21, 2017


While I agree with you on The Wire which I forced myself to watch, because of the high hype around it, and then gave up past episode 5, I have to stop you on Breaking bad. This tv seroes is not just good, it's amazingly great. There was a before and after Breaking bad in tv history. I rarely got addicted to a tv series, and breaking bad is on top of my tiny list. Even game of thrones, which I love, can't compete with it. Writing and acting were simply jaw dropping. Better call Saul is another great beast. Almost on par with Breaking bad in term of writing quality. Vince Gilligan is a genius. Period. There is a new series that I recommend you if you are fan of Lynch, Kubrick and Marvel ( yes, I did it. ;D). It's Legion. This series is a marvel litteraly.

tarek on Apr 21, 2017


Hey Bo. That's what makes life great: we have different perceptions on the same thing. Because of our unique brain wiring pattern, because of our life experience, and because human being like nitpicking. ;D I suspect you didn't like breaking bad mainly because of Cranston. Am I wrong? Nothing is wrong with that. I react the same when I don't like an actor. ;D As for Legion, it's a series that should be watched as a fresco. That is, to watch it from a vantage point, to get the whole picture. If you stopped watching after two episodes, then I can understand your frustration. You have to watch it till the end, or it wouldn't make sense, because the story is really really convoluted. The director was probably influenced by Lynch. I loved how masterfully the symbolism and the oneirism were used to tell the story from a shattered perspective. The director was also influenced by Kubrick, because visuals were amazing and masterfully crafted. Every frame could be analysed to reveal a state of mind of the protagonist or a level of emotion. Did you notice how the dog figurine was used during David interview by the secret organization? Probably not. Lot of missable details spread in this series. Anyway. Always a pleasure to agree and disagree with you on our beloved hobby Bo. Take care!

tarek on Apr 22, 2017


I have to stop you on The Wire and challenge you to go back to it. I nearly gave up 5 episodes in as I was bored. My brother insisted and by the end of series 1 i was interested enough to go to season 2 which is really good. Season 3 and 4 are incredible, just amazing. 5 was a let down. Go back, I will give money to charity if you do.

petermccormack on Apr 23, 2017


;D You won me over. I'll do it. I promise.

tarek on Apr 23, 2017


Good man, I'll await your feedback with anticipation.

petermccormack on Apr 23, 2017


This looks really interesting! I'd be lying if there wasn't a time where I was tempted to just hide from life and waste away....but too many people depend on me and I couldn't be that selfish...

THE_RAW_ on Apr 21, 2017

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