Filming for the upcoming Margaret, due out in America at the end of the month, finished way back at the end of 2005, and a long path filled with lawsuits and counter-lawsuits, coupled with a directorial struggle to get to the final cut, has delayed its release over the past six years.

Now, however, the final cut has been completed, and we have an intriguing first trailer and poster for the film courtesy of Rope of Silicon and IMP Awards, respectively.

Written and directed by Kenneth Lonergan, writer of Gangs of New York, the film has a pretty terrific cast, led by Anna Paquin and also starring Matt Damon, Mark Ruffalo, Allison Janney, Matthew Broderick, Kieran Culkin, Jean Reno, and Olivia Thirlby. The cast alone is enough to make me want to see it, and the trailer only furthers that wish.

Margaret tells the story of,

“a 17-year-old New York City high-school student (Paquin) who feels certain she inadvertently played a role in a traffic accident that has claimed a woman’s life. In her attempts to set things right she meets with opposition at every step. Torn apart with frustration, she begins emotionally brutalizing her family, her friends, her teachers, and most of all, herself. She has been confronted quite unexpectedly with a basic truth: that her youthful ideals are on a collision course against the realities and compromises of the adult world.”

Paquin is a brilliant actress, who won an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress at the young age of just eleven, and she’s had some fantastic roles since then, in both support and leading parts. This next project from her, albeit not ‘next’ in the sense that it was the last thing she filmed, looks like it will be another great leading role from her, and it’s definitely something that looks interesting. Unfortunately, it’s looking fairly likely that the film won’t get a UK theatrical release, which is a real shame, so we will probably have to hold on for the DVD release further down the line. Without further ado, here’s the great first trailer followed by the first poster for the film.

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Since graduating, I spend as much time as possible watching films/TV shows, reading books, and listening to music. So getting to write about what I love is nothing short of awesome. Biggest film-related hope for 2014/ever: Guy Ritchie announcing the RocknRolla sequel is finally moving forward.