After it was first pitched and funded on Kickstarter by Zach Braff himself nearly a years ago, we finally have our first look at Braff's latest film project: Wish I Was Here, the story of a struggling actor/father who is "is still trying to find his identity" and a purpose to his life, at 35 years old. Existential crises can hit at any age, guys! As the Kickstarter page reads:
He and his wife are barely getting by financially and Aidan passes his time by fantasizing about being the great futuristic Space-Knight he'd always dreamed he'd be as a little kid.
When his ailing father can no longer afford to pay for private school for his two kids (ages 5 and 12) and the only available public school is on its last legs, Aidan reluctantly agrees to attempt to home-school them.
The result is some funny chaos, until Aidan decides to scrap the traditional academic curriculum and come up with his own. Through teaching them about life his way, Aidan gradually discovers some of the parts of himself he couldn't find.
In addition to Braff, the film also boasts a star-studded cast including Kate Hudson, Josh Gad, Ashley Greene, Mandy Patinkin, the late and great James Avery, Braff's Scrubs bro Donald Faison, and Jim Parson—amongst a lot of others. Braff directed, and co-wrote the screenplay with his brother Adam.
As for the trailer—it's pretty much everything you'd expect the trailer for a Zach Braff movie to involve. There's a lot of wide shots, a song by alternative band The Shins ("Simple Song," specifically) playing in the background, and totally intellectual, pensive, deep dialogue we all love and expect from indie cinema. Wouldn't have it any other way!
You can check out the trailer above. Wish I Was Here will open in theaters on July 25.