At CinemaCon this April, 20th Century Fox was the rare studio that showed its award-season hopeful off to movie theater owners. Amidst the special effects-laden summer tentpoles being previewed, Fox's "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty" footage stood out, earning early praise from exhibitors.
Three months later the studio is hoping fans take to the surrealist film as well, on Tuesday releasing a trailer for the movie far in advance of its Christmas release.
Directed by and starring Ben Stiller, "Walter Mitty" follows a Life magazine photo editor who is so displeased with his mundane life that he often dreams up fantasies based on the beautiful images surrounding him. On a whim, he decides to leave his comfort zone and travel across the globe in search of a missing negative.
There's not much dialogue in the new trailer, the tone of which is set by Of Monsters and Men's single "Dirty Paws." The music lends an eerie, hopeless quality to scenes of Walter's daily life -- laying out his tie, eating a bland bowl of cereal, walking to work amidst the masses. But soon after he spots his love interest, played by Kristen Wiig, the track swells and Walter jumps onto a plane to find himself.