I mean, literally. Stiller’s title character, Walter, goes on a globe-trotting mission of personal growth and salvation… and he does it to help his friend and former partner Sean O’Connell. I’m serious! Listen for it in the latest Mitty trailer, which just arrived on Yahoo Movies:
There’s something surreal about hearing your own name in a trailer. Granted, if any actor were to play me on-screen, I probably would have gone with George Clooney, because of the resemblance. But I suppose Sean Penn is a worthy substitute.
Stiller’s Walter Mitty is a modernized remake of the James Thurber short story about an office drone who escapes his blasé existence by daydreaming. He embarks on a journey to find a missing image for the final issue of Life magazine, hoping to get the attention of a beautiful coworker (Kristen Wiig) and to silence a corporate bully (Adam Scott).
Stiller’s movie (he directs as well as stars in) was the Centerpiece selection at the New York Film Festival over the weekend, and the picture divided critics. But key Oscar pundits believe strongly that the movie will play into the Academy members’ hands when Oscar nominations rolls around.
We still have a while before The Secret Life of Walter Mitty makes its way to theaters. Twentieth Century Fox has programmed the crowd-pleaser into its Christmas Day slot. In the meantime, here are a handful of new Mitty posters to go with the full trailer. Do you think you are going to check this out?