Switching locales from his usual European haunts, this latest film finds Jeunet and co-writer Guillame Laurent adapting Reif Larsen's novel chronicling the tale of the titular youngster. T.S. Spivet (Kyle Catlett) lives on a remote ranch in Montana with his parents (Helena Bonham Carter and Callum Keith Rennie), his sister Gracie (Niamh Wilson) and his brother Layton (Jakob Davies).
A gifted child with a passion for science, T.S. has invented a perpetual motion machine, for which he has been awarded the prestigious Baird Prize by the Smithsonian Institution in Washington. Unfortunately for the awarding committee, no one realises that their winner is in fact a 10-year-old child. Undaunted by this issue, Spivet leaves a note for his family and hops a freight train to make his way across the United States and receive his prize. Cue a journey full of strange eccentric characters and new adventures.
The trailer suggests Jeunet will bringing his particular cinematic style and charm to an altogether different canvas.
The Young And Prodigious T.S. Spivet arrives here on 13 June.