Braff took the dramatic comedy to bow at Sundance at the start of the year, just as he did with Garden State ten years earlier. Until today, all we’d seen from the film so far was a handful of images and the first teaser poster from the festival. But now Braff has revealed to his Kickstarter backers, of which I am proudly one, the first teaser trailer to start sharing online.
WISH I WAS HERE tells the story of Aidan Bloom, a struggling actor, husband and dad who at 35 is still trying to find his true place in life. He and his wife are barely getting by financially, and Aidan passes his time fantasizing about being the futuristic Space Knight he always dreamed he’d be as a little kid.
When his ailing father can no longer afford to pay for private school for his two kids, and with the only available public school on its last legs, Aidan reluctantly agrees to attempt to home-school them. The result is chaos, until Aidan decides to scrap the traditional academic curriculum and come up with his own. Through teaching them about life his way, he gradually discovers the parts of himself he couldn’t find.
Braff also takes the lead as Aidan Bloom, starring alongside Kate Hudson, Josh Gad, Ashley Greene, Donald Faison, Mandy Patinkin, Jim Parsons, and Phill Lewis, with Joey King and Pierce Gagnon starring as Braff and Hudson’s on-screen children.
Braff co-wrote the script with his brother, Adam, with the duo also producing alongside Stacey Sher and Michael Shamberg (Garden State, Django Unchained).
Wish I Was Here will begin its limited release in the US on July 18th, before expanding into more cinemas in successive weeks, having been picked up by Focus Features straight out of Sundance following the film’s standing ovation reception. Here in the UK, we’ve a little longer to wait with its release date set for 19th September, but it looks like it’ll be well worth the wait. Here’s the first teaser trailer to get you excited.