Ben Stiller daydreams in first trailer for The Secret Life of Walter Mitty

Kristen Wiig, Sean Penn and Shirley MacLaine also star in the adaptation of James Thurber's 1939 short story

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Ben Stiller flies out of a window, jumps out of a helicopter and gets hit in the face by a branch in the first trailer for The Secret Life of Walter Mitty.

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But the 47-year-old comedy actor’s new film is actually a million miles away from the slapstick-happy movies we are used to seeing him in. The Secret Life of Walter Mitty sees Stiller take on the role of a timid everyday guy who is too shy to ask out his pretty co-worker (played by Kristen Wiig). As his mundane life continues around him, Walter embarks on elaborate day dreams as his heroic alter-ego. That is, until a real life adventure comes knocking…

The new flick, which is also directed and produced by Stiller, is based on a short story by James Thurber, which was published in The New Yorker during the 1930s. The original story followed mild-mannered Walter as a shopping trip with his wife was interrupted by five heroic daydreams which see him pilot a US Navy boat during a storm, perform a live-saving surgery, testify in a court room as an assassin, volunteer for a secret suicide mission as an RAF pilot and face a firing squad.

The tale was first turned into a film in 1947, starring Danny Kaye and Virginia Mayo. The film saw Walter as a young editor at a publishing company who daydreams to escape the people in his life but ends up being part of a real life adventure. Here’s the trailer for the original, lavish laughs, gorgeous gals and all. Looks a bit different, doesn’t it?!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ntATWJl6Yl0

The Secret Life of Walter Mitty will be in UK cinemas on 26 December

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