The first trailer has dropped for Fathers and Daughters, an upcoming drama starring Russell Crowe, Amanda Seyfried, and Aaron Paul.
The film tells of a single father (Crowe) struggling to raise his daughter, Katie, on his own after the death of his wife. Once sickness kicks in, the struggle is made even harder. This narrative, set in the 80s, runs alongside Katie’s story in the present. Played by Seyfried, Katie’s troubled childhood and experience with her father has left her somewhat emotionally crippled, making it difficult to form a strong relationship with Cameron (Paul).
Director Gabriele Muccino (The Pursuit of Happyness, Seven Pounds) isn’t exactly known for his subtlety, and Fathers and Daughters certainly looks to be ramming the emotion. Crowe and Seyfried have both proven themselves in strong turns before, so their performances could very well drive home the moments needed to get audiences grabbing those tissues. We’re a little skeptical. We’ll see.
There’s still no Australia or U.S. date for Fathers and Daughters, which also stars Diane Kruger, Octavia Spencer, Jane Fonda, Ryan Eggold, Bruce Greenwood, and Quvenzhané Wallis.
Synopsis for Fathers and Daughters:
Jake Davis (Russell Crowe), a Pulitzer-winning novelist, finds himself fighting against the world when a fatal car accident leaves him to raise his 5-year-old daughter, Katie, all on his own. Overcome with guilt from the loss of his wife, he struggles with the daily routine of raising a child compounded by his overbearing relatives intent on taking her away from him. As the narrative weaves back and forth between the 1980s, and present day, we come to learn how 30-year-old Katie (Amanda Seyfried) battles the demons that stemmed from her troubled childhood and simultaneously watch how Jake fights to hold on to the thing he loves most – his daughter, at the cost of his fortune, sanity, and ultimately even his own life. This beautiful performance-driven-piece reads thematically as such American classics: American Beauty and The Pursuit of Happyness – both unforgotten and inspiring.