Will This Movie Win Ben Stiller an Oscar? See For Yourself! 

The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, a 1941 short story by James Thurber has been adapted on the big screen before with the 1947 version starring Danny Kaye and Virginia Mayo.

Now, Ben Stiller wants to capture the good, old Walter Mitty magic with the new adaptation coming to theaters near you this Christmas Day!

I love the new trailer (see below) and I love that they used Of Monsters and Men's "Dirty Paws." The film tells the tale of a day dreamer (that would be Stiller) who works at LIFE magazine with Kristen Wiig. Sean Penn, Kathryn Hahn, Adam Scott, and Shirley Maclaine co-star.

Here's the new, official trailer for "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty" from our friends at where else, TIME Magazine, which shares a parent company with the online version of LIFE! (For more information on the short story, scroll below)

Here's more info on the short story from Wikipedia:


The short story deals with a vague and mild-mannered man who drives into Waterbury, Connecticut with his wife for their regular weekly shopping and his wife's visit to the beauty parlor. During this time he has five heroic daydream episodes. The first is as a pilot of a U.S. Navy flying boat in a storm, then he is a magnificent surgeon performing a one-of-a-kind surgery, then as a cool assassin testifying in a courtroom, and then as a Royal Air Force pilot volunteering for a daring, secret suicide mission to bomb an ammunition dump. As the story ends, Mitty imagines himself facing a firing squad, "inscrutable to the last." Each of the fantasies is inspired by some detail of Mitty's mundane surroundings:

The powering up of the "Navy hydroplane" in the opening scene is followed by Mrs. Mitty's complaint that Mitty is "driving too fast", which suggests that his driving was what led to the daydream.

Mitty's turn as a brilliant surgeon immediately follows his taking off and putting on his gloves (as a surgeon dons surgical gloves) and driving past a hospital.

The courtroom drama cliché "Perhaps this will refresh your memory," which begins the third fantasy, follows Mitty's attempt to remember what his wife told him to buy, when he hears a newsboy shouting about "the Waterbury Trial" ("You miserable cur" are the last words mentioned in the fantasy. Mitty was supposed to buy puppy biscuits.)

Mitty's fourth daydream comes as he waits for his wife and picks up an old copy of Liberty, reading "Can Germany Conquer the World Through the Air?", and envisions himself fighting Germany while volunteering to pilot a plane normally piloted by two people.

The closing firing-squad scene comes when Mitty is standing against a wall, smoking.

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