The Vanishing of Sidney Hall — Trailer


added: Wed, Jan 10th '18

Logan Lerman (star of "The Perks of Being a Wallflower" and "Fury") is the young author of an explosive bestseller who suddenly goes into hiding in the newly-released trailer for "The Vanishing of Sidney Hall," a dramatic mystery that also stars Kyle Chandler, Elle Fanning, Michelle Monaghan, and Blake Jenner.

Musician-turned-filmmaker Shawn Christensen, who directed the Oscar-winning short film "Curfew" and its 2014 feature-length adaptation "Before I Disappear," co-writes and directs this melodrama that seemingly tells a J. D. Salinger-like mystery about a brilliant young novelist (played by Lerman) who writes a phenomenal piece of fiction, only to be overwhelmed with fame and media attention, as well as some controversy, which leads him to choose a life of extreme reclusion.

The film, which co-stars Nathan Lane, Margaret Qualley, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, and Tim Blake Nelson, is told through the perspective of a mysterious investigator (played by Chandler) who seems to have a personal connection with the missing author.

"The Vanishing of Sidney Hall," which premiered back at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival, is being released exclusively on DirecTV's VOD on January 25th before opening in select theaters on March 2nd.

Sidney Hall harbors a precocious talent for writing. His classroom essays exhibit a danger that some find off-putting, though one teacher recognizes his talent and urges Sidney to pursue a writing career. Early success with his first novel makes Sidney a celebrity, though his dystopian observations about suburbia provoke tragic outcomes among some young readers, cloaking his name in scandal. Heightened scrutiny and expectations haunt him, as do dark secrets from his past that complicate his creativity, and interfere with his chances of finding love with a childhood sweetheart. When the disillusioned writer has all but disappeared from public life, a mysterious detective seeks the answer to his mystery. Shawn Christensen's impressive second feature offers a far-reaching examination of the societal pressures and failings that can send a life of promise into free fall. Told in elliptical flashbacks and flash-forwards showing Sidney at different stages of life (and of emotional disintegration), this somber and beautifully photographed film demonstrates an energetic thematic reach, matched by Logan Lerman's captivating performance in the title role.


directed by   Shawn Christensen

starring   Logan Lerman, Kyle Chandler, Elle Fanning, Michelle Monaghan, Blake Jenner, Nathan Lane, Margaret Qualley, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Tim Blake Nelson

release date   January 25, 2018 (on DirecTV), March 2, 2018 (in select theaters)

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