Zach Braff’s newest film, Wish I Was Here has released its first trailer. Similar to his prior film Garden State, Braff stars in and directs the comedy-drama. However, this film has an additional writer on board; it was co-written with his brother, Adam Braff.
Wish I Was Here stars Braff (Scrubs) as Aidan Bloom, a 35- year old struggling actor, father, and husband. When his father gets sick and can no longer afford to pay for his children’s private education, Braff’s character is forced to homeschool his two children. What ensues is a story focused on a family accepting reality through embracing creativity. The Kickstarter-funded indie premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in January.
In addition to the story again being told from the point of view of an actor, the trailer (below) showcases many more commonalities with Garden State. Although there is little dialogue shown in this first trailer, as in his previous film, the trailer is set to music from the Shins. This time, the song highlighted is “Simple Song,” instead of “New Slang.”
The trailer grabs immediate attention with Braff and his children staring at wigs. Braff tells his children, “You can pick anyone you want. Any one. Just as long as it’s unique and amazing like you.” It seems Wish I Was Here similarly aims to explore the benefits of expressing yourself in what Braff’s character “Large” from Garden State had called, “The infinite abyss.”
Fans of Garden State will most likely appreciate the similar plot and aesthetic details, but will be introduced to an older Braff and with a new supporting cast. To name a few, Josh Gad (Frozen), Kate Hudson (Almost Famous), Donald Faison (Scrubs), Pierce Gagnon (Looper), Joey King (The Dark Knight Rises), Jim Parsons (Garden State), and Mandy Patinkin (Homeland) accompany Braff for his newest film.
With clips of wigs, pirates, astronauts, beaches, and deserts, it is unlikely that this film will disappoint Braff’s fans who are hoping for another enchanted escape. Focus Feature’s Wish I Was Here enters theaters July 25.