You never know when someone special is going to walk into your life. Or wash up on its shore.
That’s what happens to Paul Dano’s Hank when he’s stranded on a desert island in the first trailer for Swiss Army Man, but there’s one twist — the new friend he finds on the beach is a corpse named Manny, played by Daniel Radcliffe.
The despondent and lonely Hank, having given up on ever making it home again, imagines that his new pal Manny is alive. Together, they embark on a series of epic (and sometimes flatulence-filled) adventures, including a surreal scene where Hank rides Manny like a fart-propelled Jet ski.
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Swiss Army Man, written and directed by Daniel Scheinert and Daniel Kwan (a pair of music video veterans known collectively as “Daniels”), made its debut at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year. There, EW’s Chris Nashawaty wrote, “The film looks great and it has an undeniably impressive level of imagination and ambition (not to mention some fantasy sequences that tap into the same inventive hand-crafted diorama groove of Michel Gondry). But while everyone in front of and behind is super-committed to their Weekend at Bernie’s riff, it’s depressingly juvenile.”
A24 will release Swiss Army Man on June 17. Watch the trailer — which includes a song composed by the band Manchester Orchestra and performed by Dano and Radcliffe, called “Montage” — above.