A24 has unveiled the release date and first trailer for its mother-son dramedy When You Finish Saving the World, written and directed by Oscar-nominated actor Jesse Eisenberg (FX’s Fleishman Is in Trouble). The film starring Academy Award winner Julianne Moore (Lisey’s Story) and Stranger Things‘ Finn Wolfhard will bow in theaters on January 10, 2023 — opening against Hidden Empire Film Group’s horror Fear, Sony’s thriller Missing, Lukas Dhont’s A24 pic Close and Sony Pictures Classics’ Hugh Jackman-led drama The Son from Oscar-winning filmmaker Florian Zeller.
Based on Eisenberg’s 2020 Audible Original audio drama of the same name, When You Finish Saving the World watches as Evelyn (Moore) and her oblivious son Ziggy (Wolfhard) seek out replacements for each other as Evelyn desperately tries to parent an unassuming teenager at her shelter, while Ziggy fumbles through his pursuit of a brilliant young woman at school.
The film also starring Alisha Boe (Do Revenge), Jay O. Sanders (Bardo), Billy Bryk (Ghostbusters: Afterlife) and Eleonore Hendricks (The Mountain) made its world premiere at the 2022 Sundance Film Festival before going on to open Cannes Critics’ Week. Ali Herting, Dave McCary and Emma Stone served as its producers.
2022 has been a banner year for A24, between the release of such acclaimed films as Everything Everywhere All at Once, Men, Marcel the Shell with Shoes On, Bodies Bodies Bodies, X and its prequel Pearl, Aftersun and Causeway. The first title helmed by Daniels is one of the company’s top awards contenders of the year and its first film to gross over $100 million worldwide.
A24 most recently released the semi-autobiographical military drama The Inspection written and directed by Elegance Bratton, which world premiered at the 2020 Toronto Film Festival. Other titles coming up from the company include Joanna Hogg’s The Eternal Daughter, starring Tilda Swinton and Darren Aronofsky’s Brendan Fraser starrer The Whale, which bow in theaters on December 2nd and 9th, respectively.
Watch the trailer for When You Finish Saving the World by clicking above.