‘A Monster Calls’ Trailer: The Much-Loved Children’s Novel Comes to Life

The first official trailer has been released for A Monster Calls, the live-action adaptation of the award-winning children’s fantasy novel.

The plot follows Conor (Lewis MacDougall), a 12-year-old boy dealing with his mother’s illness and the constant bullying of his classmates. In order to cope, he calls for a monster, escaping into a world of fairy tales. Liam Neeson narrates the trailer below and voices the titular creature.

Directed by J.A. Bayona (The Orphanage, The Impossible) and adapted by the book’s author Patrick Ness, A Monster Calls looks to be firmly in the vein of impressive films like Pan’s Labyrinth and Where the Wild Things Are. The trailer is mostly a teaser, but the tone it provides hints at an emotional core. If it hits as hard as the book, we’re in for something special.

A Monster Calls, also starring Felicity Jones, Toby Kebbell, Sigourney Weaver and Geraldine Chaplin, is set to hit the U.S. on October 14, 2016.

Synopsis for A Monster Calls:

A visually spectacular drama from acclaimed director Juan Antonio Bayona (“The Impossible”), based on the award-winning children’s fantasy novel. 12-year-old Conor (Lewis MacDougall) attempts to deal with his mother’s (Felicity Jones) illness and the bullying of his classmates by escaping into a fantastical world of monsters and fairy tales that explore courage, loss, and faith.

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