Ben Stiller’s Mitty starts to live in the latest trailer reveal of The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, a modern-day dreamer photo editor whose dreams turned into reality when he realized the peril of losing his job is about to materialize. Taking on the impossible and unimaginable journey of his life, Mitty steps out of his own private realm to search for a famous photographer’s (Sean Penn) missing negative.
Directed and starred by Ben Stiller, “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty” as the photo editor of Life magazine who have gone out of his comfort zone in search of a missing negative. From James Thurber’s classic story of a day-dreamer, Mitty (Stiller) who escapes his anonymous life by disappearing into a world of fantasies filled with heroism, romance and action. When his job along with that of his coworker (Kristen Wiig) are threatened, Walter takes action in the real world embarking on a global journey that turns into an adventure more extraordinary than anything he could have ever imagined.
“The Secret Life of Walter Mitty” offered a rare chance for Ben Stiller to look at a touchstone American tale afresh, from new times. Way back in high school, he first encountered Thurber’s story – a story that almost as soon as it had been published in The New Yorker began making an impact that belied its ultra-brief length. It inspired a beloved 1940s screen comedy, numerous theatre works, and sealed the phrase “he’s a Walter Mitty” into the popular lexicon, referring to anyone who throws more energy into diverting daydreams than into real life.
Now, Stiller saw a chance to take Thurber’s endlessly escapist character into the full-scale complexity of our social networking, down-sizing, re-tooling times– and to push his story further, comedically, dramatically and cinematically, bringing the full visual spectacle of modern filmmaking to the mix.
“The Secret Life of Walter Mitty” will open January 2014 in theaters nationwide from 20th Century Fox to be distributed by Warner Bros.