Acclaimed Spanish director Juan Antonio Bayona (The Orphanage) makes his English language debut with The Impossible, the powerful drama based on a harrowing true story of a family caught in the tsunami that hit the coast of Thailand on Boxing Day, 2004, and its aftermath.

Starring Ewan McGregor and Naomi Watts in the leads, the film premiered at TIFF last month – you can read our five-star review here – and with its release just a few months away, Yahoo Movies have debuted the new UK trailer.

“Maria (Naomi Watts), Henry (Ewan McGregor) and their three sons begin their winter vacation in Thailand, looking forward to a few days in tropical paradise. But on the morning of December 26th, as the family relaxes around the pool after their Christmas festivities the night before, a terrifying roar rises up from the center of the earth. As Maria freezes in fear, a huge wall of black water races across the hotel grounds toward her. Based on a true story, THE IMPOSSIBLE is the unforgettable account of a family caught, with tens of thousands of strangers, in the mayhem of one of the worst natural catastrophes of our time. But the true-life terror is tempered by the unexpected displays of compassion, courage and simple kindness that Maria and her family encounter during the darkest hours of their lives. Both epic and intimate, devastating and uplifting, THE IMPOSSIBLE is a journey to the core of the human heart.”

Bayona has reteamed with Sergio G. Sánchez (The Orphanage), who penned the script, with Tom Holland, Samuel Joslin, and Oaklee Pendergast completing the cast as McGregor’s and Watt’s three young children.

The Impossible will be given an Oscar-qualifying release in the US on 21st December, and will arrive in theatres in the UK on 2nd January, 2013. The film is absolutely flawless in its execution, and is by far one of the most powerful dramas in recent memory.

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