Adam Driver has been having a pretty good year so far, despite the fact that this year’s Star Wars movie won’t feature his Force Awakens character Kylo Ren. He appeared alongside Michael Shannon in Midnight Special earlier this spring, and is set to be in two movies coming out this winter: Martin Scorsese’s Silence, which just got it’s premiere date, and Jim Jarmusch’s Paterson, which just got its first trailer.

Paterson premiered at Cannes this year to high praise from critics across the board. It centers on a bus driver, played by Adam Driver, whose name is Paterson, who lives in a town called Paterson. He likes writing poetry but doesn’t like to share it, and lives a quiet, day-to-day life until a minor tragedy threatens to change it all. As you can see from the trailer, Driver imbues his character with his quiet yet effortless humor and charm, a far cry from scowling and broody Kylo Ren.

Here’s the full synopsis:

Paterson (Adam Driver) is a bus driver in the city of Paterson, New Jersey – they share the name. Every day, Paterson adheres to a simple routine: he drives his daily route, observing the city as it drifts across his windshield and overhearing fragments of conversation swirling around him; he writes poetry into a notebook; he walks his dog; he stops in a bar and drinks exactly one beer. He goes home to his wife, Laura (Golshifteh Farahani). By contrast, Laura’s world is ever changing. New dreams come to her almost daily, each a different and inspired project. Paterson loves Laura and she loves him. He supports her newfound ambitions; she champions his secret gift for poetry. The history and energy of the City of Paterson is a felt presence in the film and its simple structure unfolds over the course of a single week. The quiet triumphs and defeats of daily life are observed, along with the poetry evident in its smallest details.


Paterson opens in theaters on December 28.

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