First Trailer for THE HELP Plus 3 New Images

     April 18, 2011


Disney has released the first trailer for The Help, based on the bestselling book by Kathryn Stockett.  Set in Mississippi during the civil rights movement of the early 1960s, The Help tells the story of three women: recent college graduate Skeeter (Emma Stone), wise black maid Aibileen (Viola Davis), and Aibileen’s sassy best friend Minny (Ocatvia Spencer).  The threesome “come together for a clandestine project that will put them all at risk.”  Bryce Dallas Howard, Chris Lowell, Anna Camp, Ahna O Reilly, and Allison Janney also star.  Tate Taylor wrote and directed the adaptation.

The Help opens August 12.  Watch the trailer after the jump.

Click over to Moviefone to see the trailer in HD:

Here’s the official synopsis for The Help:

Based on one of the most talked about books in years and a #1 New York Times best-selling phenomenon,  “The Help” stars Emma Stone (“Easy A”) as Skeeter, Academy Award®–nominated Viola Davis (“Doubt”) as Aibileen and Octavia Spencer as Minny—three very different, extraordinary women in Mississippi during the 1960s,  who build an unlikely friendship around a secret writing project that breaks societal rules and puts them all at risk. From their improbable alliance a remarkable sisterhood emerges, instilling all of them with the courage to transcend the lines that define them, and the realization that sometimes those lines are made to be crossed—even if it means bringing everyone in town face-to-face with the changing times.

Deeply moving, filled with poignancy, humor and hope, “The Help” is a timeless and universal story about the ability to create change.

And here are three new images from the film:

  • rockman_blues

    Looks great! Love Emma Stone! And Viola Davis is an incredible actress!

  • darrin

    this looks really good

  • Sartain

    Emma Stone and Bryce Dallas Howard are amazingly gorgeous. These sensual young women are indescribably beautiful.

  • Ryan

    Looks pretty good! I’ll blind buy the Blu-ray this fall

  • M Willis

    Believe this is going to be a great movie!

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  • Laura

    If it’s as good as the book, it will be a winner!

  • Penny

    I just read the book, The Help, over the Easter weekend….I could NOT put it down and when I dried my tears after the last page, I hoped against hope there would be a movie to do it justice. I look forward to seeing if my wish comes true later on this summer. We ALL should be reminded of the reality of what went on (and in some areas still occurs) before the Civil Rights Movement gained momentum.

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  • Lea Ann

    I’m so excited to see this movie, I could not put the book down. Encourage others to read the book before seeing the movie, it really makes you think, appreciate and understand :-)

    • blue leigh

      Could not put the book down..reading it slow don’t want it to end

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  • Cheryl

    Just finished reading the book last night…was wonderful book…could hardly put it down

  • Muriel Hayes

    Having grown up in the deep south (transplanted at the age of 6 from Boston in the early 60′s) this book brought back so many unbelievable memories! I had many friends who had “help” and was amazed at the treatment these women were exposed to as they raised the children of the homes they worked in. Being an Irish Catholic Yankee I was taught to respect all elders regardless of race so one can only imagine the horror I felt. I could not put down this book from the minute I read the first page. Can’t wait to see this film!!!

  • sherry

    LOVE LOVE LOVE the book!! I hope the movie does it justice. IMDB lists the cast wrong!! Viola and Octavia should be listed rigth under Emma or above. These three women play the main characters. Shame on you IMDB!!

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  • Viola

    OMG! Cannot wait for the movie. The book was AMAZING! I sure hope the movie does it justice. Love Viola Davis!

  • Brandy

    Just finished the book, I need Aibileen praying for me! Amazing read! Powerful and compelling! I am marking the movie release date on my calendar already!

  • CES

    I am excited! I’ve never heard about this book, but OMG the trailer looks so interesting! What a story that still needs to be told and heard! I am waiting!!!!

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  • Help Fan

    I loved the book The Help. It made me laugh, cry, and I was mad and sad. I just finished it today so I could be done before the movie came out. I have plans to see it, just marked my calendar. Congrats to Kathryn Sockett-what an amazing author she is!

  • LoL

    what a joke.

  • Phonograph

    This book was so great, and very touching to me. As a white person, I can’t help but wish I had some of these same wise black women help me understand how my innate racism makes blacks feel. But this book helped me understand how we are all one people except for when whites ruin things.

    • Koon Killer

      And you. You’re a disgrace to the white race. “this book helped me understand how we are all one people except for when whites ruin things.” So when black people are out in the streets ooking and eeking and chimping out they’re the same as us?

      Also. Whites ruin everything? You’re delusional. Go to one black country or community and what is it? Poor and a complete shithole. If we ruin everything, I don’t want to know what would happen if we let a black person take over it. What would you call it then? Super ruined?

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  • black woman

    To: Koon killer you are a disgrace to man kind…. whites don’t run shittt!!!! only GOD you damn fool…. You dont like the book dont read it… and remember… Who’s in charge now it’s not the 1960′s….

  • A lil birdie

    Pay no attention to koon killer – he’s so obviously a troll. He could take lessons from Phonograph, who trolled in a much more subtle but effective way.

    I’m not sure how they can claim that because a person is white they are prone to “innate racism?” And they also provide no support for the statement “whites ruin things.” Hmmm, did Obama’s white grandparents ruin him? And how is his black father abandoning him less egregious than his white mother abandoning him?

    Blanket statements are ridiculous as they so very rarely, if ever, apply to an entire group of people. At least alongside writing such hateful things, you fully admit to your own racism against your own race.

    I’m neither white nor black but I definitely got the message of the book which was to treat each other with kindness because “we are just two people. Not that much separates us. Not nearly as much as I’d thought.”