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WATCH: First Trailer for Ben Stiller's Oscar Hopeful 'The Secret Life of Walter Mitty'

Photo of Beth Hanna By Beth Hanna | Thompson on Hollywood July 30, 2013 at 1:50PM

The first trailer for Ben Stiller's "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty," in which he also stars, has landed. In the whimsical teaser, we see Stiller's Life Magazine journalist Mitty leading an alternate fantasy life of mountain scaling, building jumping and helicopter riding. Sean Penn, Kristen Wiig (as Mitty's love interest) and Adam Scott also make appearances. Watch below, along with new images from the film.
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Ben Stiller in "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty"
Ben Stiller in "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty"

The first trailer for Ben Stiller's "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty," in which he also stars, debuted to "Wolverine" audiences this past weekend, and now has been unveiled online. In the whimsical teaser, we see Stiller's Life Magazine journalist Mitty leading an alternate fantasy life of mountain scaling, building jumping and helicopter riding. Sean Penn, Kristen Wiig (as Mitty's love interest) and Adam Scott also make appearances.

Patton Oswalt, Shirley MacLaine -- as Mitty's mother who points out that the travel journal given to him by his father remains empty -- and Kathryn Hahn also star.

We were impressed from the early footage we saw of the film at CinemaCon; we wrote at the time that "what's great about this updated story of a daydreamer is that the movie allows full rein (like "Slumdog Millionaire") to cut anywhere, anytime, into full-blown fantasies. Where this one seems to depart from the original is that it allows our hero to act out his dreams and become a man."

The film, which hits theaters December 25, is based on the classic New Yorker short story by James Thurber. It was previously made into the 1947 film by Norman Z. McLeod, starring Danny Kaye, Virginia Mayo and Boris Karloff. 



The Secret Life of Walter Mitty
The Secret Life of Walter Mitty

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.