The first trailer for “The Book of Henry” proves you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover.
“The Book of Henry” follows super-smart 12-year-old Henry’s (Jaeden Lieberher) heroic actions to save a young girl (Maddie Ziegler) from her stepfather (Dean Morris), with help from Henry’s mom and little brother.
But this isn’t your run-of-the-mill, “Home Alone”-esque adventure. “The Book of Henry” is very much a thrilling, adult friendly-flick. Oscar nominee Watts and Canada’s young gem, Tremblay, play Henry’s mom and little brother, respectively.
The movie’s director, Colin Trevorrow, tells People he wanted to keep the audience on the edge of their seats. “Part of what I hope will attract people to it is that it’s extremely unexpected and it takes you to places that you couldn’t really imagine the movie would ever go,” says the “Jurassic World” and upcoming “Star Wars: Episode IX” director.
“At a time when I feel like audiences have become so savvy in the way that stories go, I wanted to create a film that could be genuinely surprising and unpredictable.”
Although the trailer and name may suggest the movie is all about young acting dynamo Lieberher, Trevorrow insists “it really is Naomi’s movie. I think that the trailer and the title of the film suggest that it’s all about Henry, but in the end it’s really her journey as a parent.”
“She’s extraordinary. I think the character feels an anger that I think we’re all very familiar with right now: We look around and the world is on fire and we have this instinct to go on a mission of vengeance, but that’s not a real solution. She has to fight against the natural human instinct that we all have, to use violence to right a horrible wrong and push back against it.”
Vancouver-born Tremblay, 10, isn’t featured too heavily in the trailer — but the movie’s director insists he has a key role in the plot. “Everybody’s favourite kid,” Trevorrow calls the child star. “Jake’s character goes through a lot and the way he’s able to take the audience with him on that journey as a child is something he’s great at. He’s incredible.”
Watts and Tremblay also worked together on 2016’s French-Canadian psychological thriller horror drama “Shut In”. “The Book of Henry” hits theatres June 16.