Ben Stiller Acts Out His Daydreams in New ‘Secret Life of Walter Mitty’ Trailer

Daydreaming isn’t just for long subway rides and boring days at work anymore. Now your daydreams can help you win over the love of your life and travel to every corner of the earth, learning about the world and having life-changing adevntures. At least that’s what appears to happen in The Secret Life of Walter Mitty. Directed, produced by and starring Ben Stiller, the film endorses taking chances and following your (day)dreams in order to live the life you want. 

The film’s new international trailer clocks in at three minutes long, and offers audiences the best look yet at the film’s plot. Based on James Thurber’s 1939 short story, The Sceret Life of Walter Mitty follows the titular character (Stiller), who spends more time imagining adventures than actively participating in his life. However, when his office job is threatened by a missing photograph, Walter Mitty decides to take a chance and go on a quest to solve the mystery. The trailer highlights Walter’s journey, from his action-star daydreams about saving a puppy form and exploding building to leaping onto a departing helicopter in order to finally undertake an adventure of his own. 

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Kristen Wiig plays Walter’s co-worker and love interest, Cheryl, while Sean Penn plays Sean O’Connell, the photographer who inspires Walter’s adventure. The cast is rounded out by Adam Scott, as Walter and Cheryl’s boss, Shirley MacLaine and Katheryn Hahn as Walter’s mother and sister, respectively, and Patton Oswalt as the customer service representative for the online dating site that Walter belongs to. 

Between the special effects and the many exotic locations, The Secret Life of Walter Mitty promises to be a visually stunning adventure — even the office building is impeccably designed — and due to this being the first trailer to focus on the film’s plot, it seems like there’s a good chance that the cinematography will outweigh the story. However, since the trailer never quite makes it clear whether Walter’s journey is real or just in his head, there may be more to the film than what appears on the surface.


Regardless, the movie promises to be exactly the kind of life-affirming, feel good film that tends to draw audiences around the holidays, which means it has already generated a great deal of interest from critics and movie-goers alike. 

The Secret Life of Walter Mitty will open in theaters on Christmas Day.