Ben Stiller Gets His Wish Fulfillment: The Secret Life of Walter Mitty

A trailer for Ben Stiller's upcoming movie, The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, has arrived and it looks great. Great enough, at least, to forgive it for being one of too many trailers to feature a folk band enthusiastically shouting "hey!"

Stiller's movie is based on James Thurber's story, first published in the New Yorker in 1939 (here's a link to Thurber's short story). The New Yorker is clearly invested in this translation, because Tad Friend wrote extensively about Stiller's upcoming project in a great profile on Ben Stiller and the "dilemma of modern stardom." (That one is behind a paywall, sorry, but here's Richard Brody's thoughtful post, in full, on the Walter Mitty adaptation specifically.)

Thurber's story was Hollywood-ized once before in a 1947 movie with Danny Kaye. There was a seemingly arduous process involved in Stiller's remake, but judging from this two-minute compilation of clips, his patience might have paid off. Stiller stars as Mitty himself, of course. Kristen Wiig, Shirley MacLaine, Patton Oswalt, Sean Penn, Adam Scott, and Kathryn Hahn co-star.