Viggo Mortensen Raises His Family in the Woods in First ‘Captain Fantastic’ Trailer

By April 27, 2016
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I don’t think that it’s probably all that hard to imagine Viggo Mortensen playing a man who raises his kids in the forests, tucked away from civilization. After all, we’ve seen him do much stranger things onscreen than that. In Captain Fantastic though, it looks like Mortensen is fully embracing his renaissance man vibes, as he plays the father of a family raised in the woods, who must return to civilization following the death of his wife and their mother.

The film from writer and director Matt Ross premiered at this year’s Sundance Film Festival, to mostly mixed reviews. Some called the film hollow, while others called it uplifting, but with an interesting, quirky premise and a strong lead performance from Mortensen, I wouldn’t rule Captain Fantastic out as being one of the possible indie dark horses of the summer.

The first trailer for the film debuted online today as well, which you can check out below:

It’s definitely striving to strike the same quirky, but heartwarming balance as that demonstrated brilliantly in Little Miss Sunshine. With that being said, it’s got a packed, talented cast on its hands, and at the very least, looks gorgeous. Along with Mortensen though, George MacKay looks like one of the most exciting aspects of the film to me, after giving another impressive turn recently as well in Hulu’s 11.22.63, and it’ll be interesting to see if Captain Fantastic is able to solidify his place as an up and coming actor to watch out for or not.

Captain Fantastic is set to hit theatres on July 8th.

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Alex Welch

Alex Welch

Alex dreams of meeting a girl with a yellow umbrella, and spends too much time* staring at a movie screen. His vocabulary consists mostly of movie quotes and 80s song lyrics. *Debatable
  • David Johnson

    Will Viggo’s body of work be as amazing as Frank Langella’s in the end!