IFC Films has unveiled the official trailer for Wakefield, an upcoming drama starring Bryan Cranston.
The Oscar nominee plays Howard Wakefield, a husband, father and successful lawyer fed up with his suffocating life. One day, he snaps and decides to hide out in his garage attic. Days turn to months as he watches what his world would be like without him in it.
It’s a very interesting premise, one that looks to be giving Cranston quite a meaty role to work with. Whether or not following a man having this type of nervous breakdown – with his narration being the primary source of dialogue – makes for strong cinema remains to be seen, but if you’re going to do it, have Cranston in the lead. We’ll see.
Written and directed by Robin Swicord, whose screenwriting credits include Memoirs of a Geisha and The Curious Case of Benjamin Button. This marks her second feature film as writer and director following 2007’s The Jane Austen Book Club.
Wakefield, also starring Jennifer Garner, hits US cinemas on May 19 and VOD on May 26.
Synopsis for Wakefield:
What would your life look like without you in it? Outwardly, Howard Wakefield (Bryan Cranston) is the picture of success. He has a loving wife (Jennifer Garner) and two daughters, a prestigious job as a Manhattan lawyer, and a comfortable home in the suburbs. Inwardly, though, he’s suffocating. One day, something snaps and Howard goes into hiding in his garage attic. Leaving his family to wonder what happened to him, he observes them from the attic window—an outsider spying in on his own life. As the days of self-imposed isolation stretch into months, Howard begins to wonder: is it even possible to go back to the way things were? Driven by a tour de force, darkly comic performance from Breaking Bad’s Bryan Cranston, Wakefield is a provocative look at what it means to walk away from it all.