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Steven Spielberg‘s heartwarming The BFG is not the only movie about a giant to be released this year. Step forward A Monster Calls, a visually spectacular movie starring Liam Neeson as a tree monster.

So far all we’ve had are a few glimpses in the form of teasers, but the release yesterday (July 13) of the full official trailer finally gave us a proper look at the movie.

It follows Conor (Pan‘s Lewis MacDougall), a young boy whose mum (Felicity Jones) is sick, who’s being bullied by kids at school, and whose grandmother (Sigourney Weaver) is less than sympathetic. To escape the harsh realities of his life, he brings a fantasy world to life with Neeson’s tree monster at its center.

It’s been adapted by Patrick Ness, the writer of upcoming Doctor Who spin-off Class who penned the original children’s book it’s based on. Don’t let the fact it’s a children’s book deceive you, however; A Monster Calls deals with difficult issues that are as heartbreaking as The BFG is heartwarming.

Here’s the trailer (and don’t say we didn’t warn you):

Not only does the movie seem to capture the book’s captivating story, it also looks every bit as beautiful as Jim Kay‘s original illustrations. That may well be down to director J. A. Bayona, whose previous outings include The Impossible and a couple of episodes of fantasy horror Penny Dreadful. Be sure to add his name to your list of ones-to-watch: next on his slate is the upcoming Jurassic World sequel.

A Monster Calls opens in theaters October 21.

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By Kat Sommers
Kat is a freelance writer for Anglophenia.