On the heels of the news that the film has been acquired by Relativity Media for release, the first trailer has been released for Come Away. The film premiered at Sundance earlier this year and screened at several festivals since. It stars David Oyelowo, Angelina Jolie and Gugu Mbatha-Raw. It is directed by Brenda Chapman and was written by Marissa Kate Goodhill.
The film is a new spin on the stories of Alice in Wonderland and Peter Pan, making them siblings and both of Black descent. Come Away presents them prior to their stories that are most familiar to us.
Here’s the description: In this imaginative origin story of two of the most beloved characters in literature – Peter Pan and Alice in Wonderland – eight-year-old Alice (Keira Chansa), her mischievous brother Peter (Jordan A. Nash) and their brilliant older sibling David (Reece Yates) let their imaginations run wild one blissful summer in the English countryside. Encouraged by their parents Jack and Rose (David Oyelowo and Angelina Jolie), the kids’ make-believe tea parties, sword fights and pirate ship adventures come to an abrupt end when tragedy strikes. Peter, eager to prove himself a hero to his grief-stricken and financially-struggling parents, journeys with Alice to London, where they try to sell a treasured heirloom to the sinister pawnshop owner known as C.J. (David Gyasi). Returning home, Alice seeks temporary refuge in a wondrous rabbit hole while Peter permanently escapes reality by entering a magical realm as leader of the “Lost Boys.”
Our Sundance review of the film reads: “In a different world, Come Away may have very well worked as an animated film that would have toned down a lot of its darker elements. But as it stands now, unfortunately, Chapman’s prior works reign far more supreme.”
Watch the trailer below:
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