Fox has released the stunning first trailer for The Book of Life, the CG-animated movie from Reel FX, producer Guillermo del Toro and director Jorge Gutierrez.
Set against the backdrop of the Mexican Day of the Dead — its original title was, in fact, Day of the Dead — the film has been billed as an action-packed Romeo and Juliet-style love story. Wait, stop reading and just watch the gorgeous trailer:
Opening Oct. 17, The Book of Life stars Channing Tatum, Zoë Saldana, Diego Luna, Ice Cube, Ron Perlman, Christina Applegate, Danny Trejo, Cheech Marin, Kate del Castillo and Eugenio Derbez.
The story focuses on the romantic, strong-jawed Manolo, who has big problems besides the growing competition with his best friend. Manolo dreams of breaking away from his family’s rich history of bullfighting to play the guitar, much to the dismay of his father, the world’s greatest matador (Hector Elizondo) and super-macho grandfather (Danny Trejo).
This journey takes him from the Land of the Living to the Land of the Remembered, where people who have lived complete lives, and are remembered among the living, go after they die. A final, daunting destination is The Land of the Forgotten, where those who have died with unfulfilled lives dwell.
Along the way Manolo meets his bullfighter great-grandfather, who always wanted to be an opera singer (Placido Domingo) but never followed his dream. There are also wild characters including Candle Maker (rapper Ice Cube), an ancient god with a body of wax and a beard made of clouds.