- release date
- Kyle Mooney, Beck Bennett, Mark Hamill, Claire Danes
- Dave McCary
From the furthest corners of a fantastical galaxy to the deepest trenches of the imagination, Mark Hamill and Kyle Mooney cover expansive territory in a new teaser trailer for their upcoming dramedy Brigsby Bear.
The fresh preview, which premiered online Tuesday, is light on dialogue, but lays the whimsy on thick, as it introduces James, a grown man who, after being raised on a children’s TV show produced specifically for him, sets out to finish the story on his own terms once the show abruptly ends.
Hamill, best known for his role as Luke Skywalker across several Star Wars films, joins the SNL actor for several scenes in the clip, which also features costumed characters (including a plush bear and a masked humanoid figure) duking it out in the middle of a barren desert landscape, what appears to be a bunker fit for an apocalyptic event, and several sequences that employ a stylized mixture of hand-drawn animation and live-action characters.
Though they don’t appear at length in the teaser, Claire Danes, Greg Kinnear, Matt Walsh, Andy Samberg, and Michaela Watkins have supporting roles. Mooney co-wrote the screenplay with Kevin Costello, while Dave McCarry — who previously wrote and directed for SNL — helmed the project. The film earned near-unanimous praise at the Sundance Film Festival, where it had its world premiere in January.
Brigsby Bear enters limited release on July 28. Watch the new teaser trailer above.