Netflix has dropped a trailer for Brain on Fire, an upcoming true story drama starring Chloë Grace Moretz.
Based on the memoir by Susannah Cahalan, Brain on Fire finds Moretz playing a young woman whose life takes a sudden turn for the worst when is struck with a mysterious illness. With doctors unable to find the cause, her co-workers (Tyler Perry and Jenny Slate), boyfriend (Thomas Mann), and family (Richard Armitage and Carrie-Anne Moss) look on in horror as she descends into madness.
Gerard Barrett (Glassland) writes and directs the film, with Charlize Theron on board as producer. Interestingly, Dakota Fanning was once attached to star but was forced to exit the project due to scheduling issues.
This film’s been circling a wider release for quite a while now. It had its premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival back in 2016 and was released in some markets in 2017. Netflix then acquired it and has lined it up for a streaming release.
Unfortunately, many of the past reviews for the film haven’t been great, with critics calling it a made-for-TV type of drama that doesn’t provide of interest. As of now, it has a 22% on Rotten Tomatoes, but that could go up – or down – once more reviews come to light with the film’s Netflix release on June 22. We’ll see.
One morning, 24-year-old Susannah Cahalan woke up in a hospital bed. She couldn’t speak. She couldn’t move. And she had no idea how she got there. Based on Cahalan’s bestselling memoir Brain on Fire: My Month of Madness, director Gerard Barrett’s adaptation captures the horrifying experience of one woman’s unexplained descent into madness and the medical miracle it took to pull her back from the brink. Fresh out of journalism school and ready to embark on adult life, Susannah (Chloë Grace Moretz) already seemed to have it all: her dream job at the New York Post, supportive co-workers (Tyler Perry and Jenny Slate), a devoted boyfriend (Thomas Mann), and a loving family (Richard Armitage and Carrie-Anne Moss). Then, almost overnight, this ingénue went from one of the Post’s most reliable reporters to an unstable, paranoid shell of her former self. Plagued by auditory hallucinations and memory loss, doctors dismissed her condition with a diagnosis of partying too hard and stress. But as her condition worsened, the stakes grew higher, and the race to find an answer became a matter of life and death.