After garnering critical acclaim with the indie time travel romance Safety Not Guaranteed, director Colin Trevorrow put himself on the map in spectacular fashion by helming Jurassic World, a box office juggernaut that grossed $1.7 billion worldwide. His success with a major studio tentpole opened plenty of doors, and Trevorrow was soon tapped by Lucasfilm to direct Star Wars: Episode IX , but before he journeys to a galaxy far, far away, the talented young filmmaker is eager to explore a smaller, more intimate tale.
Empire Online has released the first image from The Book of Henry, which finds a single mother (Naomi Watts) raising two young buys. Henry (Jaeden Lieberher) is something of a child prodigy, and he teams with his younger brother Peter (Jacob Tremblay) to rescue their neighbor from an abusive father, who also happens to be the police commissioner.
The scope of The Book of Henry is pretty far removed from Trevorrow’s last film, which he tells Empire was a very calculated decision:
“I wanted to do something that scared the hell out of me, an acoustic movie with intense emotion. The challenge was to give an audience the same tension and thrills they get from a blockbuster, but rely solely on story and character to do it.”
If there’s a young actor in Hollywood capable of eliciting an intense emotional response from the audience, then Jacob Tremblay is certainly at the top of the list. His riveting, heartbreaking performance in last year’s Room was one of the most impressive achievements I’ve ever seen from a child actor, and working alongside another talented young star like Lieberher (who was excellent in Midnight Special and St. Vincent) should hopefully give both boys an opportunity to elevate their game.
With a supporting cast that also includes Dean Norris, Lee Pace and Sarah Silverman, The Book of Henry will open in limited release on September 16, before opening wide on September 30.
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