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After releasing various photos of its newest film, Netflix and DreamWorks have released an Orion and the Dark teaser trailer, previewing the upcoming animated film.
The upcoming DreamWorks Animation film is set to star Jacob Tremblay as Orion, Paul Walter Hauser as The Dark, and Werner Herzog in an unspecified role. The trailer gives a brief preview of both characters, as well as the art style fans can expect in the movie.
You can also see the new poster below:
What is Orion and the Dark?
“Orion seems a lot like your average elementary school kid — shy, unassuming, harboring a secret crush,” reads the synopsis. “But underneath his seemingly normal exterior, Orion is a ball of adolescent anxiety, completely consumed by irrational fears of bees, dogs, the ocean, cell phone waves, murderous gutter clowns, and even falling off of a cliff. But of all his fears, the thing he’s the most afraid of is what he confronts on a nightly basis: the dark. So when the literal embodiment of his worst fear pays a visit, Dark whisks Orion away on a roller coaster ride around the world to prove there is nothing to be afraid of in the night. As the unlikely pair grows closer, Orion must decide if he can learn to accept the unknown — to stop letting fear control his life and finally embrace the joy of living.”
Orion and the Dark is directed by Sean Charmatz (Trolls World Tour) from a screenplay written by Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind scribe Kaufman. The latter previously worked with Netflix for his directorial feature I’m Thinking of Ending Things back in 2020. The story is based on the novel by Emma Yarlett.
The CG film is executive produced by Walt Dohrn and Bonnie Arnold, with Peter McCown serving as a producer. It hails from DreamWorks Animation with Tim Lamb set as the production designer and Christine Bian as art director.