Jeannette Walls’s poignant memoir The Glass Castle is coming to the big screen this summer, and its all-star cast promises to deliver a powerful and emotional adaptation of the 2005 bestseller. Here’s our first glimpse at The Glass Castle trailer, which is just as beautiful and heartrending as we’d expect:
Featuring Brie Larson (Room, Kong: Skull Island) as Walls and Woody Harrelson (The Hunger Games, Now You See Me) and Naomi Watts (Insurgent, Twin Peaks) as Walls’s free-spirited parents, Rex and Rose Mary respectively, the movie addresses the complicated domestic life of the dysfunctional, loving Walls clan. From a childhood spent in poverty to the author’s successful journalism career as an adult, Walls’s story is one that is both shocking and inspiring. The Walls’s vagabond lifestyle is brought to life in the film’s trailer, portraying struggles readers will recognize from the text, including the lack of indoor plumbing and electricity, and the family’s frantic need to always stay one step ahead of the bill collectors and the law.
The film is directed by Destin Daniel Cretton, the writer behind the screenplay of The Shack, another film adaptation out earlier this year. Walls has said she is impressed with the film version of her memoir, telling People magazine: “They did a spectacular job bringing to life a complicated story, there’s so many nuances.” She adds:
“I hope that in seeing my story, it makes people think about what they’ve been through… I think that’s the magic of storytelling — if one person is willing to be brave and tell their story, then that allows other people to be honest. I think there’s incredible value in coming to terms with your story, and I hope that the telling of my story will encourage other people to revisit their own.”
The Glass Castle hits theaters August 11.
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