Oscar-nominated writer-director Whit Stillman returns after more than a decade’s absence since his last film with Damsels in Distress, which was chosen for the closing night of Venice Film Festival last year and has already been very well received.

We got the colourful first poster for the film last week, and now the first trailer has just gone online, courtesy of Yahoo Movies, and it’s definitely promising.

“A trio of beautiful girls set out to revolutionize life at a grungy American university – the dynamic leader Violet Wister, principled Rose and sexy Heather. They welcome transfer student Lily into their group, which seeks to help severely depressed students with a program of good hygiene and musical dance numbers. The girls become romantically entangled with a series of men – including smooth Charlie, dreamboat Xavier, the mad frat pack of Frank and Thor – who threaten the girls’ friendship and sanity.”

With a cast led by the likes of Greta Gerwig (Greenberg), Adam Brody (The O.C.), and Analeigh Tipton (Crazy, Stupid, Love.), it looks like Stillman is very much on top of his game, and after seeing Tipton in Crazy, Stupid, Love. last year, I’m really looking forward to seeing her again in a few months’ time alongside Gerwig and Brody.

Damsels in Distress is set to be released in the US on 6th April before coming to the UK a few weeks later on 27th April. Whilst that date sets it up against The Avengers, which isn’t really a film anyone really wants to be running in competition with, I’m hoping that Damsels in Distress will find the wide audience that it looks like it deserves. Here’s the trailer to give you a great first taste of the film.