First Trailer For The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty Debuts

Ben Stiller in a still from The Secret Life of Walter Mitty

Over the weekend, those checking out The Wolverine had the opportunity to see the following gorgeous trailer for Ben Stiller’s upcoming film The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, but now it has been made available online so that everyone might have a peek.

An update of the classic 1947 film starring Danny Kaye, this version has Ben Stiller not only in the lead role, but also behind the camera as director as well. While most of his previous directorial efforts haven’t been much to look at (The Cable Guy, Zoolander, and Tropic Thunder), this one actually looks like it could be a breakthrough for him.

The trailer has almost no dialogue, but what it does have is sumptuous scenery that shows you just how neat this film could be. Aside from Stiller, the film boasts an impressive cast that includes Kristen Wiig, Adam Scott, Sean Penn, Kathryn Hahn, Shirley MacLaine and Patton Oswalt. We don’t get to see very much of these others yet, but you can be sure we will at some point down the road to the film’s release.

For those not familiar with the story, check out the official synopsis:

Ben Stiller directs and stars in THE SECRET LIFE OF WALTER MITTY, James Thurber’s classic story of a day-dreamer who escapes his anonymous life by disappearing into a world of fantasies filled with heroism, romance and action. When his job along with that of his co-worker (Kristen Wiig) are threatened, Walter takes action in the real world embarking on a global journey that turns into an adventure more extraordinary than anything he could have ever imagined.

Will Stiller’s latest effort be a worthy update of the original? With the studio’s choice of releasing it as at the very end of the year, perhaps they feel they have something very special on their hands. The trailer certainly makes it look that way, but we still have a few months to go before we find out. Until then, check out the trailer below and sound off in the comments.

The Secret Life of Walter Mitty hits theaters on December 25th, 2013.