Will Brittain is a Contemporary Neanderthal in First Trailer for 'William'

March 17, 2019
Source: YouTube

William Trailer

"You're holding him back!" Dada Films has debuted the first trailer for a peculiar indie film titled William, about the modern Neanderthal man. Two scientists decide to (re)create a Neanderthal human using ancient DNA from a Neanderthal bog body. And so we meet: William. He must learn to exist in a world where he is the ultimate outsider, the only Neanderthal on the planet. Will Brittain (seen in Everybody Wants Some, Kong: Skull Island) plays William, with a cast including Waleed Zuaiter, Maria Dizzia, Beth Grant, Christian Convery, and Kevin Dzah. I recall that someone was trying to make a film (or series) based on those cave man commercials. Looks like something similar, or at least one version of that idea. This take on the modern Neanderthal concept actually looks quite good, lead by a strong lead performance. I'm intrigued.

Here's the first full-length trailer for Tim Disney's William, direct from YouTube (found via TMB):

William Poster

Doctors Julian Reed and Barbara Sullivan, fall in love with each other and with the idea of cloning a Neanderthal from ancient DNA. Against the express directive of University administrators they follow through on this audacious idea. The result is William: the first Neanderthal to walk the earth for some 35,000 years. William tries his best to fit into the world around him. But his distinctive physical features and his unique way of thinking--his "otherness"--set him apart. William's story is powerful and unique, but his struggle to find love and assert his own identity in a hostile world is universal -- and timeless. William is directed by producer / filmmaker Tim Disney, of the films A Question of Faith, Tempesta, and American Violet previously. The screenplay is written by J.T. Allen and Tim Disney. Dada Films will release Disney's William in select theaters starting April 12th this spring. For more, visit the film's official website.

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Nah. Looks a bit mushy to me.

thespiritbo on Mar 17, 2019



DAVIDPD on Mar 17, 2019


What are you guys thinking putting auto-play advertising on a movie site? Any time a user is watching a trailer full-screen an auto-play ad starts playing over the trailer audio. So annoying.

RJmacready on Mar 18, 2019


There shouldn't be any auto-playing ads on the site. If you find any, please report them ( and we'll remove them. Most of the ad system is entirely out of our control and some slip through, but I have always maintained a strict policy against them. The most we can do is report them and try to clean them from the ad system...

Alex Billington on Mar 18, 2019


FYI. The ad that always seems to play when I'm watching a trailer (3x recently) is Organic Valley. Cheers.

RJmacready on Mar 18, 2019


Kind of hard to take this seriously when they're mispronouncing Neandert(H)al in the trailer.

THE_RAW_ on Mar 18, 2019


doesn't really matter concerning actual film

debbie lariscy on Apr 23, 2019


There was a movie a while back, I can't remember if it was a Sci-Fi channel made for tv or what, but I believe it was called Evolution's Child when scientists manage to harvest an ancient human's sperm and accidentally fertilize an egg. This feels more reminiscent of that movie.

Rae Rae on Mar 18, 2019


It's not cool to make someone's life an experiment. Not even close ...

shiboleth on Mar 18, 2019


Did they use prosthetics with this ...or just use someone from the Irish rugby team? on Mar 19, 2019


It's all cool and all, except for the fact that Neanderthal's had bigger brains and it is almost certain that they were way smarter than us. We were the more violent ones, "club first mumble some questions later"-type of guys. So... this movie (judging from this trailer, but I'm not too sure because of "he is very special" line) hangs its premise on the fact that it is commonly believed that Neanderthals, being less pretty, redneck looking, were also less mentally capable than us. Let's face it - the movie would feel wrong to most of us if the script involved a cloned Neanderthal dude that was way more intelligent than anyone else on the planet. While being factually true, it would go against what everyone believes, therefore would hurt the filmmakers / movie success. I hope the movie will show that he is different and simply not too compatible with our school system, and yet, much more capable and outperforming us in many ways.

Kalex on Apr 24, 2019

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