'A Monster Calls' Trailer: Liam Neeson Is a Different Big Friendly Giant

A Monster Calls J.A. Bayona

'A Monster Calls' Trailer: Liam Neeson Is a Different Big Friendly Giant

Juan Antonio Bayona brought us two different kinds of horror in his last two films The Orphanage and The Impossible. Then check out this new trailer, which is introduced by co-star Liam Neeson himself!

Based on the minor masterpiece by Patrick Ness - who has also written the screenplay - A Monster Calls is the story of a young boy coming to terms with his mother's impending death.

Lewis MacDougall leads the film as Conor, a 12-year-old who's having a tough time all around.

The symbolism of the boy and his monster is rich and evocative, and finds a flawless voice in the great Liam Neeson. His mother Elizabeth (Felicity Jones) is slowly dying, his father (Toby Kebbell) left the family a while ago, he's being bullied at school and doesn't like his grandmother (Sigourney Weaver) who is now a fixture in his life given how Elizabeth's health has recently taken even more of a downturn. Thus, the Monster becomes a manifestation of Connor's untapped anger; his own proverbial Tyler Durden from Fight Club. The Spanish helmer's work has been seen in early episodes of Penny Dreadful and recent film efforts like 2012's Ewan McGregor/Naomi Watts drama The Impossible.

A Monster Calls is set for release on October 14th, 2016 in the States, and 6th January 2017. And next he's directing one of the biggest sequel on the upcoming release calendar, Jurassic World 2. Check out the debut trailer below!

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