On the heels of his huge success as writer, director and producer of A Quiet Place and its sequel A Quiet Place Part II, John Krasinski takes another big step as a director with his latest creation, IF, which stands for Imaginary Friends.
On Thursday, the first trailer for the upcoming film, a mix of live action and animated fantasy comedy, was released.
Revolving around the former star of the hit sitcom The Office, The Office has enlisted a group of A-list stars starting with Krasinski himself, along with Ryan Reynolds, Cailee Fleming, Fiona Shaw, Alan Kim, Bobby Moynihan and Lisa Colon-Zayas. , who all serve as part of the live cast.
The cast includes Steve Carell, Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Louis Gossett Jr., Emily Blunt, Matt Damon, Maya Rudolph, Jon Stewart, Sam Rockwell, Sebastian Maniscalco, Christopher Meloni, Richard Jenkins, Awkwafina and Vince Vaughn.
The film “follows a young girl who goes through a difficult experience and then begins to see the imaginary friends of everyone they left behind when their real friends grew up,” according to the British Daily Mail. IMDb.
At the top of the teaser, Krasinski poses an alternative reality: “What if everything you believed in as a kid was true,” all while the man upstairs (Reynolds) walks slowly and quietly through his daughter’s bedroom to avoid waking her.
After interacting with one of these imaginary friends, Blue (Caryl) reveals that he is an IF, more commonly known in this world as an Imaginary Friend.
Upstairs, Blue and The Man proceed to have a funny interaction as he tires to keep Blue from sneezing and waking up his daughter Bea (Fleming).
His efforts fell short, and Blue ended up letting out a loud sneeze, but Bea wasn’t in bed sleeping, instead she was outside her house, looking up as the man upstairs was hanging outside the bedroom window, due to the force of his sneeze.
Stunned as he dangles from the side of the house, Bea receives another shock of a lifetime when another anime character makes his debut.
Over time, Bea gains the ability to see everyone’s imaginary friends who have been abandoned by the children they helped.
The story continues to follow Bea as she comes to terms with her newfound superpowers and embarks on a magical adventure to reconnect forgotten IFs with their children.
Paramount Pictures’ IF, or Imaginary Friends, is scheduled to arrive in U.S. theaters on May 17, 2024.
Krasinski is making his breakthrough as director, co-writer and producer of A Quiet Place, which he also starred in with his real-life wife Emily Blunt.
The original post-apocalyptic sci-fi horror film was a huge hit at the worldwide box office in 2018, grossing $341 million against a budget of just $17 million.
With a budget of $50-$60 million, the sequel ended up costing much more, but it also turned a huge profit, grossing $297. 4 million in box office revenue.
The Boston, Massachusetts native made his directorial debut in the comedy-drama Brief Interviews with Hideous Men (2009).
It would take about seven years for him to write and direct again with the comedy-drama The Hollars (2016).