CBS Films has released the first teaser trailer for the Sundance gem The Kings of Summer (formerly known as Toy’s House) along with the announcement that the film will now be released on May 31st instead of June 14th. Directed by Jordan Vogt-Roberts, the pic tells the story of three unhappy teens (Nick Robinson, Gabriel Basso, Moises Arias) who flee to the wilderness, where they build a makeshift house and live off the land as masters of their own destiny. I caught the film at Sundance and it is nothing if not original, as Vogt-Roberts strikes an odd tone that’s equal parts comedy and drama. The pic is essentially Step Brothers in reverse, as the kids start to act like grown ups in every way imaginable as their days in seclusion turn to weeks.
Hit the jump to watch the teaser trailer. The film also stars Nick Offerman, Megan Mullally, and Alison Brie, and you can watch Steve’s Sundance interviews with these actors here, here, and here. The Kings of Summer opens on May 31st.
Here’s the synopsis for The Kings of Summer:
Premiering to rave reviews at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival, THE KINGS OF SUMMER is a unique coming-of-age comedy about three teenage friends – Joe (Nick Robinson), Patrick (Gabriel Basso) and the eccentric and unpredictable Biaggio (Moises Arias) – who, in the ultimate act of independence, decide to spend their summer building a house in the woods and living off the land. Free from their parents’ rules, their idyllic summer quickly becomes a test of friendship as each boy learns to appreciate the fact that family – whether it is the one you’re born into or the one you create – is something you can’t run away from.