It’s taken some doing, with a few casting shake-ups and a switch in directors, but Collateral Beauty looks to be ready to hit theaters on December 16th. The melodrama, directed by The Devil Wears Prada helmer David Frankel, stars Will Smith alongside Keira Knightley, Helen Mirren, and many more, and today, Warner Bros. releases the first trailer for the film.
There looks to be an uneasy balance being struck in the movie, between the real-life tragedy that Smith’s character is suffering through and the fantastical twist that leads him to meet up with the personifications of Time, Love, and Death (Jacob Latimore, Knightley, and Mirren). Frankel may very well find some substantial material in this conceit but right now, the movie looks like one of those tinny, vaguely spiritual inspirational melodramas that favors sentimentalism over insight. Of course, we’re over three months away from seeing what Collateral Beauty actually is, and Frankel is known for sneaking in several moments of curiousity and fascinating ideas into his studio comedies and melodramas. For now, you can check out the full Collateral Beauty trailer right below.
Here’s the first trailer for Collateral Beauty:
Here’s the official synopsis for Collateral Beauty:
Oscar winner David Frankel (“Dear Diary,” “The Devil Wears Prada”) directs the thought-provoking, ensemble drama “Collateral Beauty,” from New Line Cinema, Village Roadshow Pictures and Warner Bros. Pictures.
When a successful New York advertising executive (Will Smith) experiences a deep personal tragedy and retreats from life entirely, his colleagues devise a drastic plan to force him to confront his grief in a surprising and profoundly human way.
“Collateral Beauty” features an all-star cast, including Will Smith (“Suicide Squad,” “Concussion”), Edward Norton (“Birdman or [The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance]”), Keira Knightley (“The Imitation Game”), Michael Peña (“The Martian”), Naomie Harris (“Spectre”), Jacob Latimore (“The Maze Runner”), with Oscar winners Kate Winslet (“The Reader,” “Steve Jobs”) and Helen Mirren (“The Queen,” “Trumbo”)