Teaser Debut: The Secret Life of Walter Mitty

The Secret Life of Walter Mitty

Ben Stiller has entered the Oscar race.

With The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, the director and star looks to be going for the Academy’s melancholic sweet spot; the same that earned Little Miss Sunshine and Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind major accolades.

Based on James Thurber’s book of the same name, Stiller’s film tells of a daydreamer who stops fantasising and starts living an adventurous life, in the hopes of wooing his dream girl (Kristen Wiig).

Thurber’s novel was previously adapted in 1947, with Danny Kaye in the role of Mitty. Stiller’s portrayal of the character seems to be fairly low key, though it’s hard to tell from this mostly wordless trailer (which plays more like a music video for Of Monsters and Men).

Nonetheless, it’s a beautiful clip that certainly sets it apart from Stiller’s previous directorial efforts (Tropic Thunder, Zoolander, The Cable Guy, Reality Bites).

It arrives in cinemas December 26, 2013.

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