20th Century Fox has released the first Paper Towns trailer for director Jake Schreier’s (Robot & Frank) upcoming drama. Based on the novel of the same name by The Fault in Our Stars author John Green, the film stars Nat Wolff as a young man who wakes up one night to find his neighbor Margo (Cara Delevingne) dressed as a ninja, asking him to help her get revenge on the people who have hurt her. She disappears the next day, but the man subsequently begins to receive clues from her that he must follow.
I’m going to trust the positive things I’ve heard about the book and my enjoyment of The Fault in Our Stars, and hope that this movies doesn’t play like a paean to the Magic Pixie Dream Girl, who knows how to live life to the fullest and enriches the life of the introverted guy who loves her even though they’re–by his own admission–pretty much strangers. To be fair, Fault in Our Stars suffers from a bit of the “Manic Pixie Dream Boy”, but it’s blunted by just enough hard truths and anger to make the story bearable. Hopefully Paper Towns will strike the same balance, or that there’s more shading in the relationship between the lead characters.
Check out the first Paper Towns trailer below, and click here to read Perri’s write up of the trailer event from last night. The film was penned by Fault in Our Stars scribes Scott Neustadter and Michael H. Weber and also stars Austin Abrams, Halston Sage, and Justice Smith. Paper Towns opens in theaters on July 24th.
Via 20th Century Fox.
Here’s the official synopsis for Paper Towns:
Adapted from the bestselling novel by author John Green (“The Fault in Our Stars”), PAPER TOWNS is a coming-of-age story centering on Quentin and his enigmatic neighbor Margo, who loved mysteries so much she became one. After taking him on an all-night adventure through their hometown, Margo suddenly disappears–leaving behind cryptic clues for Quentin to decipher. The search leads Quentin and his quick-witted friends on an exhilarating adventure that is equal parts hilarious and moving. Ultimately, to track down Margo, Quentin must find a deeper understanding of true friendship–and true love.