"A Monster Calls" -- starring Felicity Jones, Sigourney Weaver, Toby Kebbell, and Lewis MacDougall -- is based on the award-winning children's book by Patrick Ness, based on an idea by Siobhan Dowd, who died of cancer before she could write the fantasy novel herself. The story follows a boy named Conor (Lewis MacDougall) who struggles to cope with his mother's (Felicity Jones) terminal illness, as well as bullying at school; he begins to be visited by a monster who tries to help him by telling stories.
The trailer is a visual feast, giving Conor's anger and fear great destructive powers. "It's OK that you're angry," his mother tells him. "I'm angry, too. And if you need to break things, by God you break them! ... I wish I had 100 years, 100 years I could give to you."
Watch the trailer:
There's also another version of the Focus Features trailer that includes an intro from Liam Neeson himself.
"A Monster Calls," directed by J.A. Bayona ("The Impossible") is scheduled to be released on October 21.
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Conor (Lewis MacDougall) is dealing with far more than other boys his age. His beloved and devoted mother (Felicity Jones) is ill. He has little in common with his imperious grandmother. His father has resettled thousands of miles away. But Conor finds a most unlikely ally when the Monster (Liam Neeson) appears at his bedroom window one night. Ancient, wild, and relentless, the Monster guides Conor on a journey of courage, faith, and truth that powerfully fuses imagination and reality. Read More