Watch Liam Neeson Voice a Tree-Beast in 'A Monster Calls' Trailer - Rolling Stone
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Watch Liam Neeson Voice a Tree-Beast in ‘A Monster Calls’ Trailer

Sigourney Weaver, Felicity Jones also star in the new fantasy from J.A. Bayona

Steven Spielberg’s The BFG tanked hard at the box office, but the folks behind A Monster Calls believe that they’ll find better success with a bigger, albeit less friendly, giant.

Liam Neeson voices a behemoth with eyes of fire and a body made from interwoven tree trunks in the upcoming fantasy film, set for a Halloween-hugging debut on October 21st. The kinda-imaginary, kinda-real titan appears in the film as a manifestation of young Conor O’Malley’s (Pan‘s Lewis MacDougall) turbulent temper, a sort of coping mechanism to his mother’s (Felicity Jones) declining health. Sent to live with his terminally un-fun grandmother (Sigourney Weaver), he retreats into a world of his own creation to process these frightening new traumas.

With direction from Juan Antonio Bayona (the mind behind Spanish bone-chiller The Orphanage, disaster drama The Impossible, and a couple episodes of Penny Dreadful), the trailer above offers a peek at a fusion of the surreal with the too-real, as Conor flees his crumbling personal life to cause havoc with his gargantuan new best friend. In an uncharacteristically weak year for new studio releases, maybe trying something a little left-of-center such as this could bring Focus Features a much-needed hit.

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