John Krasinski made his directorial debut in 2009 with a film adaptation of David Foster Wallace’s Brief Interviews with Hideous Men. The star of NBC’s The Office has gone behind the camera again, this time for The Hollars. Following its debut at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year and receiving distribution from Sony Pictures Classics, the first trailer has arrived online.

The film tells of a family who struggles with the mother’s illness. Her condition compels her son, John Hollar (Krasinski), to come back home to their middle-American town from NYC, after which he grapples with his own impending fatherhood in the face of a former love, a high school rival, and his dysfunctional family.

“To me, it’s a really honest and real take on family,” Krasinski told Collider during Sundance. “It was a script that I was attached to as an actor about five or six years ago,” he added, explaining how he was then asked to take on financing.

Watch the trailer below:

The Hollars, based on a screenplay by Jim Strouse (People Places Things), stars Margo Martindale, Richard Jenkins, Sharlto Copley, Anna Kendrick, Charlie Day, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, singer Josh Groban, and Randall Park. Our own Adam Chitwood caught it during the film festival rounds, and in his review, he calls it “a prime example of a film that overcomes a fairly rote script thanks to an incredibly charming cast.”

The film is scheduled for release on August 26. Here’s the official plot synopsis:

John Hollar, a struggling NYC artist is forced to navigate the small middle-American town he left behind when news of his mother's illness brings him home. Back in the house he grew up in, John is immediately swept up in the problems of his dysfunctional family, high school rival, and an over-eager ex-girlfriend as he faces impending fatherhood with his girlfriend in New York. From a script by Jim Strouse that is at turns hilarious and heartbreaking, John Krasinski's second feature is a poignant look at the bonds of family and friendship.


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