added: Mon, Dec 19th '16
A new behind-the-scenes featurette for the fantasy drama "A Monster Calls" reveals how director Juan Antonio Bayona and his special effects team turned Liam Neeson into a walking-talking giant tree creature. Surprisingly, it wasn't all done on computers. But rather it was a healthy mix of practical and digital effects with Neeson performing in a motion-capture suit for the first time in his career.
The film, which stars Lewis MacDougall as a 12-year-old boy who unconsciously summons a gigantic tree monster after being traumatized by the declining health of his cancer-stricken mother (played by "Rogue One" star Felicity Jones), is based on the award-winning children's novel of the same name.
Juan Antonio Bayona, the Spanish-born filmmaker who directed the critically acclaimed tsunami drama "The Impossible" and the Spanish supernatural horror "The Orphanage," won't be taking a break from creating monsters anytime soon as his next directing project will be the forthcoming sequel to "Jurassic World."
"A Monster Calls," which co-stars Sigourney Weaver and Toby Kebbell, will open in select theaters December 23rd before expanding nationwide in January.
Based on the award-winning children's fantasy novel, 12-year-old Conor (Lewis MacDougall) attempts to deal with his mother’s (Felicity Jones) illness and the bullying of his classmates by escaping into a fantastical world of monsters and fairy tales that explore courage, loss, and faith.
directed by Juan Antonio Bayona
starring Lewis MacDougall, Felicity Jones, Liam Neeson, Sigourney Weaver, Toby Kebbell, Geraldine Chaplin
release date December 23, 2016 (select theaters), January 2016 (expands)