Netflix released the official trailer for its upcoming film “Happiness for Beginners” on Thursday.
What it’s about: The film, which is based on Katherine Center’s 2015 novel of the same name, follows Helen (played by Ellie Kemper), a teacher feeling lost in life.
“Newly divorced, she joins a quirky group of strangers on a survival course for the ‘Adventure of a Lifetime’ with the hope of learning how to live — and love — again,” the film’s synopsis states.
“I thought it was such a well-told story of one woman’s experience in getting to know herself better,” Kemper told Tudum about the film. “I was immediately excited about the prospect of playing a woman whose outlook on life, when we first meet her, isn’t so sunny.”
Key people: “Happiness for Beginners” is directed and written by Vicky Wight. In addition to Kemper, the film stars Luke Grimes, Nico Santos, Blythe Danner, Ben Cook, Shayvawn Webster, Esteban Benito, Gus Birney and Julia Shiplett.
“The cast was an absolute dream and they all became good friends during our shoot,” Wight told Tudum. “Not only did everyone shine individually but each actor was an exceptionally generous and inventive scene partner. They were improvisational and trusting with one another and me, which added so much chemistry onscreen.”
Release date: “Happiness for Beginners will premiere on Netflix on July 27.