First trailer arrives for Neil Gaiman's How to Talk to Girls at Parties

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Aug 22, 2017, 2:38 PM EDT

Neil Gaiman, who is getting a lot of love from TV lately, now has a new film based on his work coming out as well.

Just out is the first trailer for How to Talk to Girls at Parties, an upcoming movie based on Gaiman's 2006 short story. The tale, which was nominated for a Hugo Award, centers on a quiet boy named Enn and his much more outgoing friend Vic as they attend a party and find themselves in the company of some very strange girls -- who don't appear to be from this planet or even universe.

It's a typically quirky yet unsettling Gaiman yarn, and to be honest, the movie's synopsis and trailer make it pretty clear that the film is based only loosely on the 18-page story. Trailer first (it's from Japan, so there's some Japanese narration):

And here's the synopsis:

John Cameron Mitchell, director of the acclaimed films Hedwig and the Angry Inch and Shortbus takes us to an exotic and unusual world: suburban London in the late 70s. Under the spell of the Sex Pistols, every teenager in the country wants to be a punk, including our hopeless hero Enn (Alex Sharp). Crashing local punk queen Boadicea’s party, Enn discovers every boy’s dream – gorgeous foreign exchange students. When he meets the enigmatic Zan (Elle Fanning), it’s love at first sight.

But these teens are, in fact, aliens from outer space, sent to Earth to prepare for a mysterious rite of passage. When their dark secret is revealed, the love-struck Enn must turn to Boadicea (Nicole Kidman) and her followers for help in order to save the girl he loves from certain death. When the punks take on the aliens, neither Enn’s nor Zan’s universe will ever be the same again.

The movie was shot nearly two years ago and, as noted above, directed by John Cameron Mitchell, who is best known as the creator and star of both the stage and film versions of the rock musical Hedwig and the Angry Inch. The impressive cast includes Elle Fanning, Nicole Kidman, Ruth Wilson, Matt Lucas, and Alex Sharp as Enn. That's a good cast, and the Gaiman pedigree (he is also an executive producer) gives it added value, but this looks like it's going to end up being strictly a cult movie, if that.

The film premiered this past spring at the Cannes Film Festival to mixed reviews, and will open in Japan this December, with an early 2018 U.S. release from indie distributor A24 in the works. In the meantime, if you want more Gaiman, you can rewatch American Gods on Starz or wait for the Amazon adaptation of Good Omens, also due next year.

(via First Showing)