The Los Angeles Film Festival has scored the Colin Trevorrow-directed THE BOOK OF HENRY for its opening night film. Starring Naomi Watts, Jaeden Lieberher, Jacob Tremblay, and Sarah Silverman, the family drama-thriller from Focus Features follows a single mother and her genius son as they plan to help a girl who is hiding a dangerous secret.
Known for directing the massive blockbuster Jurassic World and the indie hit Safety Not Guaranteed, The Book of Henry is a new direction for Trevorrow (who is also directing Episode 9 of the Star Wars franchise). There’s no sci-fi or fantastical element to the story and seems very much grounded in suburban reality. Even so, the high-profile cast and unexpected storyline seems to be in line with Trevorrow’s wheelhouse.
The Book of Henry will screen on June 14 as the opening night film for the L.A. Film Festival, two days before its nationwide release. Now in its 23rd year, LAFF will also feature the dramedy Brigsby Bear starring Kyle Mooney, Mark Hamill, Claire Danes, and Andy Samberg. The fest will also screen the premiere of the first episode of Season 2 of Queen Sugar on June 19 and hold a conversation with show creator Ava DuVernay and the female directors of the series.
Dino-Ray Ramos | Staff Writer