If you were expecting a superhero movie, think again—Viggo Mortensen, a long way from Aragorn, is an embattled father of six in Matt Ross’ family dramedy Captain Fantastic. The indie film’s first trailer is here, and from the looks of it, Mortensen, who most would say has all but fallen off the Hollywood map of late, is in for a return to prominence.
Written and directed by Ross—who plays Hooli head Gavin Belson on HBO’s Silicon Valley—Captain Fantastic had its world premiere at this year’s Sundance Film Festival and will screen at Cannes in May. Our own Josh Jackson called the film, one of Paste’s favorites from Sundance, “sweet, sad, funny and full of open-hearted joy.”
Captain Fantastic’s official synopsis reads:
Deep in the forests of the Pacific Northwest, isolated from society, a devoted father (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.
In addition to Mortensen, the film stars Frank Langella, Kathryn Hahn, Steve Zahn, George MacKay, Samantha Isler, Annalise Basso, Nicholas Hamilton, Shree Crooks, Charlie Shotwell, Ann Dowd, Erin Moriarty and Missi Pyle.
Captain Fantastic finds its way to theaters on July 8. Watch the trailer above and check out the Bleecker Street release’s poster below.