Young Ones Trailer: Michael Shannon, Nicholas Hoult and Elle Fanning Need Water

A trailer has been released for Young Ones, an upcoming post-apocalyptic drama starring Michael Shannon, Nicholas Hoult and Elle Fanning. The film is set in a near future when water is a rare resource, leading to a daily struggle for what’s left of the world’s population. Shannon plays Ernest Holm, a man who lives on a barren frontier with his children, Jerome (Kodi Smit McPhee) and Mary (Fanning). When young Mary gets a boyfriend, Flem Lever (Hoult), so begins an escalating battle. This doesn’t look too bad, with an interesting design and a strong cast to pique our interest. Unfortunately, we’ve seen this type of future played out many, many times before, so here’s hoping the screenplay and characters bring enough unique factors to the overfamiliar concept. Watch the Young Ones trailer below.

Written and directed by Jake Paltrow, Gwyneth’s younger brother, whose previous feature was the mediocre surrealist dramedy The Good Night.

Official synopsis for Young Ones:

YOUNG ONES is set in a near future when water has become the most precious and dwindling resource on the planet, one that dictates everything from the macro of political policy to the detailed micro of interpersonal family and romantic relationships. The land has withered into something wretched. The dust has settled on a lonely, barren planet. The hardened survivors of the loss of Earth’s precious resources scrape and struggle. Ernest Holm (Michael Shannon) lives on this harsh frontier with his children, Jerome (Kodi Smit McPhee) and Mary (Elle Fanning). He defends his farm from bandits, works the supply routes, and hopes to rejuvenate the soil. But Mary’s boyfriend, Flem Lever (Nicholas Hoult), has grander designs. He wants Ernest’s land for himself, and will go to any length to get it.

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ETA: USA – 17 October, 2014.

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