Director Colin Trevorrow is amassing a pretty diverse resume making the move from his feature directorial debut, the independent comedy Safety Not Guaranteed, to the box office juggernaut Jurassic World, and that trend is only going to continue with Star Wars: Episode XI when it opens on May 24, 2019. But first, he’s got The Book of Henry in theaters right now.
This one brings Trevorrow back to a smaller, more intimate production. It stars Naomi Watts as the mother of two young boys, one of which is incredibly smart for his age and supports the family in ways similar to a patriarch. When he suspects his classmate and next door neighbor is in danger (Maddie Ziegler), he takes it upon himself to cook up a plan to help her.
Trevorrow recently stopped by the Collider Video studio and we got to sit down to discuss his experience moving from one film to the next, what it was like working with the immensely talented Jaeden Lieberher and Jacob Tremblay, the tonal shift in the movie, and much more. You can catch all of that and just a little bit of Star Wars talk in the video interview at the top of this article.
Here’s 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.