Chloe Moretz Is More Than a Little Stressed Out in the ‘Brain on Fire’ Trailer
Chloe Grace Moretz went on an acting hiatus for a little while last fall after filming both November Criminals and Brain on Fire back to back — an understandable decision for someone who’s kept their schedule consistently busy since the first Kick Ass. And portraying someone with anti-NDMA receptor encephalitis can‘t have been exactly restful. Moretz is back in the acting game, having signed on to the Suspiria remake and The Miseducation of Cameron Post, but we get to see her efforts for Brain on Fire right now in a new trailer.
Brain on Fire is an adaptation of an autobiographical book by Susannah Cahalan, a journalist who found herself suffering from nervous breakdowns and seizures with no apparent cause. After several of those “it’s probably just stress” misdiagnoses, one doctor she visits tells her she has a rare form of autoimmune disease that causes her brain to basically freak out unannounced, which results in seizures and loss of memory.
Here’s the official synopsis:
One morning, 24-year-old Susannah Cahalan woke up in a hospital bed. She couldn’t speak. She couldn’t move. And she had no idea how she got there. Based on Cahalan’s bestselling memoir Brain on Fire: My Month of Madness, director Gerard Barrett’s adaptation captures the horrifying experience of one woman’s unexplained descent into madness and the medical miracle it took to pull her back from the brink. Fresh out of journalism school and ready to embark on adult life, Susannah (Chloë Grace Moretz) already seemed to have it all: her dream job at the New York Post, supportive co-workers (Tyler Perry and Jenny Slate), a devoted boyfriend (Thomas Mann), and a loving family (Richard Armitage and Carrie-Anne Moss). Then, almost overnight, this ingénue went from one of the Post’s most reliable reporters to an unstable, paranoid shell of her former self. Plagued by auditory hallucinations and memory loss, doctors dismissed her condition with a diagnosis of partying too hard and stress. But as her condition worsened, the stakes grew higher, and the race to find an answer became a matter of life and death.
Brain on Fire hits Netflix this year.