Universal Pictures has revealed the trailer for Cirque Du Freak: The Vampire's Assistant, directed by Paul Weitz and opening October 23rd. The fantasy-adventure stars John C. Reilly, Ken Watanabe, Josh Hutcherson, Chris Massoglia, Patrick Fugit, Ray Stevenson, Michael Cerveris, Frankie Faison, Jane Krakowski, Orlando Jones, Kristen Schaal and Salma Hayek.
14-year-old Darren (Chris Kelly) was like most kids in his suburban neighborhood. He hung out with his best friend, got decent grades and usually stayed out of trouble. But when he and his buddy stumble upon a traveling freak show, things begin to change inside Darren. That's the exact moment when a vampire named Larten Crepsley (John C. Reilly) turns him into something, well, bloodthirsty.
Newly undead, he joins the Cirque Du Freak, a touring sideshow filled with monstrous creatures from a snakeboy and a wolfman to a bearded lady (Salma Hayek) and a gigantic barker (Ken Watanabe). As Darren flexes his newfound powers in this dark world, he becomes a treasured pawn between the vampires and their deadlier counterparts. And while trying to survive, one boy will struggle to keep their brewing war from devouring what's left of his humanity.
I haven't read the fantastic novels the film is based on, but that trailer looked really fun. Not to mention that its being directed by Paul Weitz, which is always a plus in my book. I know some people are probably going to argue that John C. Reilly is miscasted, but Id wait for the movie before passing judgment. Hes a good actor and I'm sure he will do fine in this role.