Entertainment One have recently released their latest trailer and one sheet for Juan Antonio Bayona (The Impossible) A Monster Calls.
With Bayona having shown he knows how to get good performances from younger actors in The Orphanage (2007) and The Impossible (2012), A Monster Calls is built around Lewis MacDougall, who had a small role in Pan (2015) but here steps up to play Conor, a 12-year-old boy dealing with the trials and tribulations of childhood. His mother Elizabeth (Felicity Jones) has a terminal illness, his father (Toby Kebbell) left the family a while ago, some problematic bullies at school and doesn't like his grandmother (Sigourney Weaver) who is now a fixture in his life given how Elizabeth's health has recently taken even more of a downturn.
Haunted by a reoccurring nightmare, he escapes into a world of fantasy and magic when a giant yew tree in the cemetery next to his home transforms into a giant wooden man-like creature (played by Liam Neeson via performance capture) and offers him a chance to break free from his troubles a little. But is this destructive new force in his life a help or a danger?
A Monster Calls will stomp into UK cinemas on 6 January next year.