The first trailer for Lionsgate’s red-hot Oscar contender “The Glass Castle” was just released in advance of the film’s August 11 debut (watch below). Oscar winner Brie Larson stars as journalist Jeannette Walls in an adaptation of her bestselling 2005 memoir about her upbringing by her dysfunctional parents: her alcoholic father Rex (Woody Harrelson) and her artist mother Rose Mary (Naomi Watts). The family lived in poverty while Rex squandered Rose Mary’s money.
Oscar voters love to award performers who portray real people, so perhaps this will be Larson’s ticket back to the Oscars, and possibly a chance for past nominees Harrelson and Watts to win their first trophies. Larson’s “Short Term 12” director Destin Daniel Cretton at the helm.
Cretton put Larson on the map with his 2013 film in which she played a supervisor at a group home for teenagers. She received Critics’ Choice and Independent Spirit Award nominations for Best Actress and earned enough critical and industry cred to pave the way for her Oscar win two years later.
Lionsgate released “Hell or High Water” last year at around the same time as “Glass Castle” will be opening this year. That film was a critical darling and earned four Oscar nominations including Best Picture. Does “The Glass Castle” sound like another Oscar contender to you? Comment below, and join the discussion with your fellow movie fans in our forums.