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“The Glass Castle” Trailer suggests an acting showcase

For many, Brie Larson first came onto their radars in Destin Daniel Cretton’s film Short Term 12. Later on this year, Larson will re-team with Cretton for The Glass Castle, which dropped a Trailer last week. You’ll obviously get to see the Trailer at the end of this post, but we’re not quite there yet. First up, we’ll set the stage for the flick. It’s actually only about three months from hitting screens, so it’s hardly some late winter release. If it hits with strong reviews, it could have a head start on all of the festival entries. I’m sure that’s not an accident either. Short Term 12 may have been too small, but Room has Larson a force to be reckoned with. She can help get this one over the hump, no doubt about that.

The film is an adaptation of the memoir by Jeannette Walls. It centers on a young girl named Jeannette as she comes of age in a dysfunctional family. Her parents are a pair of nonconformist nomads, which certainly leads to an untraditional upbringing. Jeannette has a mother in Rose Mary Walls (Naomi Watts) who’s an eccentric artist and an alcoholic father in Rex Walls (Woody Harrelson) who would stir his children’s imagination with hope as a distraction to their rather grinding poverty. As an adult, Jeannette (Larson) deals with the fallout, as well as with her aging parents. Cretton co-writes the adaptation of Walls’ memoir with Andrew Lanham as well as directs. The rest of the cast includes Ella Anderson, Iain Armitage, Shree Crooks, Max Greenfield, Charlie Shotwell, Sadie Sink, Sarah Snook, and more.

From the looks of the Trailer, the movie seems like definite awards bait. Larson and especially Harrelson seem in fine form. The former seems like less of an Oscar threat than the latter, who could really be due for a win, but it’s just conjecture right now. They seem to be anchoring a quality project. If you want to nitpick, the story itself does seem like one we’ve seen told on screen time and time again. Still, that rarely bothers voters if it’s done well. Even if Cretton can’t reach the heights of Short Term 12 with his sophomore outing, The Glass Castle could still easily be good enough to attract Academy Award buzz when it opens.

In terms of Oscar, The Glass Castle seems like an acting showcase that can at the very least be a player for Harrelson. Obviously, there are major Academy Award hopes here. Look for an across the board campaign, including Best Picture, Best Director (for Cretton), Best Actor/Best Supporting Actor (for Harrelson), Best Actress (for Larson), Best Supporting Actor (for Greenfield), Best Supporting Actress (for Anderson, Snook, and/or Watts), Best Adapted Screenplay (for Cretton as well), Best Cinematography, Best Film Editing, Best Makeup & Hairstyling, and Best Original Score. Whether in Actor or Supporting Actor, Harrelson seems like he should be in play. If this is a thing, look out for Larson as well. The rest? Well, we shall see. Anything is possible at this early juncture.

You can see the Trailer for The Glass Castle below, and at the end of the summer, you’ll be able to watch the movie in its entirety. It hits in August, which, as mentioned above, could be a good way for it get ahead of the fall festival season. It might end up lost in the shuffle as well, but that’s the risk you take. With Harrelson and Larson featured as they are, however, that probably won’t be a huge concern. Give the Trailer a look and sit tight for lots more on this one during the summer months. It’s definitely one to watch out for…

Here now is the first Trailer for The Glass Castle:

Stay tuned for much more on The Glass Castle between now and its August 11th release date!

About Joey Magidson

A graduate of Stony Brook University (where he studied Cinema and Cultural Studies), resides in Brooklyn, New York. He contributes to several other film-related websites and is a member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association.

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