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Get ready to wipe away a few tears. This holiday season, Will Smith is leading an all-star cast through Collateral Beauty, a mystical-sounding heartfelt drama about a father who lost a child who begins writing letters to broad concepts like Love and Death, asking why the universe is screwing with him. To his surprise, Love, Death, Time and others begin to answer. It sounds funky, but according to this first trailer, it really, really works. Here's the first official trailer for Collateral Beauty. Have tissues handy:
Directed by David Frankel (The Devil Wears Prada), Collateral Beauty stars Will Smith as a New York City ad executive who's life is rocked by a sudden death. His close friends -- played by dramatic heavyweights Kate Winslet, Edward Norton and Michael Pena -- do what they can to support him. But Smith's character escapes into a series of letters that he starts sending to Love, Death and more. It's a shot in the dark. The letters are compared to missives to Santa. Only, in this movie, the ideas of Love and Death reply, and the fantasy of the situation begins to soar.
Take a second and drink in this cast. Movie executives would move mountains to have Will Smith as a lead in a film. But the Suicide Squad star has been a complete team player lately, and his ensemble here is filled with some of the brightest stars in Hollywood's galaxy. In addition to the aforementioned actors playing Smith's Earth-bound friends, the Collateral Beauty cast extends when the "concepts" start interacting with him. The trailer shows us Smith interacting with Helen Mirren, Keira Knightley and Naomie Harris as he tries to put his life back together. If nothing else, this will be a star-studded trip to the movies in December.
Back in August, Will Smith opened up to EW about Collateral Beauty, and described it as It's a Wonderful Life mixed with The Wizard of Oz. And now that we have seen what David Frankel and his cast are going for, those comparisons make a ton of sense. Does it look a little clichéd and sappy? Sure, but around the holidays, this could be exactly the type of movie that audiences are looking for, when they want to escape the hustle and bustle and have a good cry with friends and family members.