The first official trailer for Zach Braff’s new film Wish I Was Here was released online today, courtesy of it’s distributor, Focus Features. Premiering at this past Sundance Film Festival, the indie feature was funded in part on Kickstarter and eventually went on to beat its $2M goal by over $1.1M. The film features new music from Cat Power & Coldplay, Bon Iver, Radical Face and The Shins (the latter of which can be heard at the end of this new trailer).
Judging from this new preview, this is a return to form for director/star Braff, reminiscent of the feel-good dramatic comedies like his hit TV show “Scrubs” and his first film, Garden State (2004). Braff stars here as a mid-30’s, over-extended father of two who isn’t finding much work as an actor. In an attempt to save money on education, he decides to home-school his young offspring. With no experience in educating anyone, he struggles with the task but eventually finds his own identity in the process.
The plot may sound simple on its head (and a few early reviews out of Sundance have called the film shallow and self-indulgent), but hopefully Braff’s writing will be on point in his second feature. Garden State felt like such a breath of fresh air, so hopefully the director has carved out a deep and intriguing story for his latest effort, even if he is in familiar territory.
Wish I Was Here will open for a limited release in New York and LA on July 18, before expanding to more cities in subsequent weeks. The film stars Braff, Kate Hudson, Mandy Patinkin, Josh Gad, Ashley Greene, Pierce Gagnon, Joey King, Donald Faison and Jim Parsons. For more information on the film, you can visit it’s official website here. For further social media fun, you can also check out its Twitter account, follow its official Facebook page or check out images related to the film on Instagram.