Amid all the superheroes and sequels that will be dominating the summer movie schedule as usual this year, there will also be The Help, an adaptation of Kathryn Stockett's best-selling novel that hits theaters August 12. It features no robots (it's set in 1960's Mississippi), no guns (it mostly takes place in the homes of rich white women and the black women who work for them), and based on what I remember from the book, no explosions. If that doesn't sound like good summer entertainment to you, or even if it already does, check out the new trailer that debuted today; one look at the cast they've lined up should be enough to sell anyone. Check out the trailer below or in HD over on Moviefone.

In her first lead role since Easy A Emma Stone stars as Skeeter Phelan-- and yes, that is a big curly wig she's wearing in addition to all those period 60s clothes. Skeeter is the film's focal point, as she puts together a book that tells the true experiences of women who work as nannies and maids for rich, often strongly racist employers, but both Viola Davis as Abilene and Octavia Spencer as Minny play key roles as well. Rounding out the supporting cast is a ridiculous wealth of talent, including Bryce Dallas Howard, Allison Janney, Sissy Spacek, Cicely Tyson, Mike Vogel, and soon-to-be-everywhere Jessica Chastain (by the time The Help comes out, you'll have already seen her in Terrence Malick's The Tree of Life).

Yes, The Help fits the vague definition of a chick flick, and it's based on a book that's been at the center of every book club in America by now. But it's telling a poignant, important story, one that doesn't often get tackled in mainstream and fluffy entertainment, and looks to be wringing strong performances out of a lot of actresses who don't often get the opportunity. If you're worn out on explosions and superpowers by the time August 12 rolls around, it looks like The Help could make for an excellent escape to the Deep South.

In coordination with the trailer release, Dreamworks has also sent out three new stills from the film, which you can scope out below. Click each one to see it full size, and for more on The Help, be sure to head over to our Blend Film Database

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