Wish-I-Was-Here-Poster-sliceTo say that I’m excited for Zach Braff’s Wish I Was Here would be a huge understatement. I’ve been following this one literally from day one, when Braff launched the project on Kickstarter, and have been looking forward to it ever since.

Braff brought us a brilliant first teaser trailer last month, and took to The Today Show with Mandy Patinkin this morning to debut this first theatrical trailer.

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 is of course front and centre 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 directs from a script he co-wrote with his brother, Adam Braff.

Wish I Was Here will begin its limited US release on July 18th, and will continue to expand in the weeks following. Here in the UK, it will arrive a little later on 19th September, a date that can’t come fast enough. In the meantime, here’s the great new trailer. Enjoy.

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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.