As you may have heard, Scarlett Johansson is having a rough Wednesday. Thankfully, better days are on the horizon -- at least professionally. Judging from the newly release trailer for 'We Bought a Zoo,' Johansson and co-star Matt Damon could have a big, fat holiday hit on their hands come December.
Directed by Cameron Crowe -- who hasn't helmed a fiction film since 'Elizabethtown' bottomed out his career in 2005 -- 'We Bought a Zoo' is based on Benjamin Mee's memoir, which recounts his attempts to rebuild following the death of his wife. (With 'Zoo' and 'The Descendants,' the holiday season is chock-a-block with forlorn fathers.) For Mee, that included purchasing a run-down zoo in the English countryside and moving their with his young children; for Movie Mee (Damon), that means buying a zoo in the California countryside and giving his kids an "authentic American experience."
It sounds contrived -- and reviews of Mee's memoir were mixed -- but the trailer hums along on the charm of Damon, Johansson, Thomas Haden Church and the Sigur Ros song 'Hoppípolla' (which you might remember from the trailer for 'Children of Men'; Sigur Ros frontman Jónsi is scoring 'Zoo'). If you're still not convinced of the potential for 'Zoo,' note that the trailer also features a 'Jerry Maguire'-like moment when Damon quits his job, 'Almost Famous' star Patrick Fugit and adorable zoo animals. Welcome back, populist savior Cameron Crowe!
Head over to Apple to watch the trailer in HD. 'We Bought a Zoo' is in theaters on Dec. 23.
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