Colin Trevorrow’s ‘The Book of Henry’ Opens Up in a New Trailer

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The Book of Henry Trailer

After taking us back to Jurassic Park and before he travels to a galaxy far, far away, director Colin Trevorrow is taking us into the life a boy genius with The Book of Henry. Today brings us the first trailer for Trevorrow’s latest, one that assures us that this isn’t going to be just some quirky little movie about a child with a gifted mind.

In the trailer we’re introduced to Henry (Jaeden Lieberher) and his natural abilities to think and learn beyond his years. His mother Susan (Naomi Watts) is more than happy knowing that her son is a brilliant, mature mind and that also extends comfort to Henry’s younger brother Peter (Jacob Tremblay). That’s where this trailer takes a turn into some dark, unsettling territory as Henry befriends his neighbor Christina (Maddie Ziegler) but she’s the victim of an abusive stepfather Glenn (Dean Norris). This leads Henry and his mother to seek a quest to free their neighbor from the cycle of abuse that dominates her life.

Judging solely from this trailer, it really does seem as if The Book of Henry is wading in some dangerous waters with its grim subject matter. Frankly, I have numerous doubts that Colin Trevorrow is the kind of director who can navigate these troubled waters and come out unscathed. We won’t know until we open up The Book of Henry when it lands in theaters on June 16th, 2017.

The official synopsis for The Book of Henry:

Sometimes things are not always what they seem, especially in the small suburban town where the Carpenter family lives. Single suburban mother Susan Carpenter (Naomi Watts) works as a waitress at a diner, alongside feisty family friend Sheila (Sarah Silverman). Her younger son Peter (Jacob Tremblay) is a playful 8-year-old. Taking care of everyone and everything in his own unique way is Susan’s older son Henry (Jaeden Lieberher), age 11. Protector to his adoring younger brother and tireless supporter of his often self-doubting mother – and, through investments, of the family as a whole – Henry blazes through the days like a comet. Susan discovers that the family next door, which includes Henry’s kind classmate Christina (Maddie Ziegler), has a dangerous secret – and that Henry has devised a surprising plan to help. As his brainstormed rescue plan for Christina takes shape in thrilling ways, Susan finds herself at the center of it.

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