Captain America, Captain Nemo and, to a lesser extent, Captain Marvel have all been making the headlines of late, but what of Captain Fantastic? Bound for Cannes Film Festival next month, Matt Ross’ impassioned dramedy has today debuted its maiden trailer, thrusting Viggo Mortensen into the throes of a family crisis.
Written and directed by ross, Captain Fantastic opens with Mortensen’s father emerging from a prolonged stint in the wilderness of the Pacific Northwest. Revelling in isolation, the wayward patriarch is handed a crude awakening when his beloved wife suddenly passes away, leaving him to raise six wide-eyed and curious children all on his lonesome.
Putting some distance between his grieving family and his far-flung haven, Captain Fantastic then sees Mortensen journey into the city, opening up a whole new perspective on parentage and life in general. Powerful stuff, in the right hands, and we’re excited to see how Cap Fantastic fares at Cannes in only a few weeks’ time.
Also starring Kathryn Hahn, Steve Zahn and Frank Langella, it’s understood those youngsters will be portrayed by George MacKay, Annalise Basso, Samantha Isler, Aussie Nicholas Hamilton, Shree Crooks and Charlie Shotwell.
Captain Fantastic is expected to follow-up its bow at the Cannes film festival with a theatrical release on July 8. For now, you can get up to speed on the defining journey that awaits Mortensen’s father with the official synopsis, below.
Deep in the forests of the Pacific Northwest, isolated from society, a devoted father (Viggo Mortensen) dedicates his life to transforming his six young children into extraordinary adults. But when a tragedy strikes the family, they are forced to leave this self-created paradise and begin a journey into the outside world that challenges his idea of what it means to be a parent and brings into question everything he’s taught them.