The first trailer for Collateral Beauty is here and by all appearances the film looks to be not much more than a holiday dramedy with tons of “Academy Award Nominee…” and “Academy Award Winner…” title cards to boost its visibility, box office, and awards potential.
Collateral Beauty stars Will Smith as a New York advertising executive who experiences a personal tragedy and retreats from life entirely, he begins writing letters, not to people, but to things – time, love, death – all of which manifest themselves in human form to help him deal with his grief.
The film, directed by David Frankel (The Devil Wears Prada, Marley & Me), also stars Keira Knightley, Edward Norton, Michael Peña, Naomie Harris, Jacob Latimore, Kate Winslet and Helen Mirren.
Collateral Beauty is set for release by Warner Brothers on December 16th.
Here’s the trailer and poster: