‘The Book of Henry’ Trailer: Naomi Watts, Her Son and an Evil Neighbour

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Take a look at the first trailer for The Book of Henry, the upcoming feature from Safety Not Guaranteed and Jurassic World director Colin Trevorrow.

Written by Gregg Hurwit, the bestselling author whose previous screen credits include the sci-fi series V, The Book of Henry is a drama-thriller that doesn’t go where you expect from the first half of the trailer below. Young Jaeden Lieberher (Midnight Special, It) plays Henry, a child genius who takes care of his mother (Naomi Watts) and younger brother (Jacob Tremblay). And then, boom, turns out the neighbour (Dean Norris) is abusing his step-daughter, and Henry has drawn up a plan, complete with recordings for how to execute it.

It’s certainly an intriguing trailer, seemingly colliding two very different types of films together. This could go any which way, which is somewhat refreshing at this point. Having Lieberher and Tremblay as your two young leads certainly can’t hurt either. Tremblay and Watts, by the way, starred together in last year’s ill-received horror film Shut In.

Trevorrow’s been crafting quite the interesting CV thus far, going from small pic to blockbuster and back with Safety Not Guaranteed, Jurassic World, and now The Book of Henry. Next up, a little sci-fi film known as Star Wars: Episode IX.

The Book of Henry, also starring Sarah Silverman, Lee Pace, Maddie Ziegler, Tonya Pinkins and Bobby Moynihan, will open in the US on June 16.

Synopsis for The Book of Henry:

Sometimes things are not always what they seem, especially in the small suburban town where the Carpenter family lives. Single suburban mother Susan (Naomi Watts) works as a waitress at a diner, alongside feisty friend Sheila (Sarah Silverman). Her younger son Peter (Jacob Tremblay) is a playful 8-year-old. Taking care of everyone and everything is Susan’s older son Henry (Jaeden Lieberher), age 11. Protector to his adoring younger brother and tireless supporter of his often self-doubting mother – and, through investments, of the family – Henry blazes through the days like a comet. Susan discovers that the family next door, which includes Henry’s kind classmate Christina (Maddie Ziegler), has a dangerous secret – and that Henry has devised a surprising plan to help. As his brainstormed rescue plan for Christina takes shape in thrilling ways, Susan finds herself at the center of it.

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