Oh hai, Brie Larson!

All right, so Room has nothing to do with The Room. (Unfortunately.) It is not a remake of the camp classic with the fabulous young actress Brie Larson in the Tommy Wiseau role (although I would pay all of the monies to see that on the big screen). Instead, it’s a new film from Lenny Abrahamson, the director of the recent indie hit Frank, about a woman (Larson) and her son (Jacob Tremblay) who’ve been imprisoned in a tiny underground cell for years, which they’ve dubbed “Room.”

This Room will debut next month at the Toronto International Film Festival, ahead of a theatrical release in October (and, perhaps, a big awards season push for Larson and the film itself). Here’s the official synopsis:

Room tells the extraordinary story of Jack (Jacob Tremblay in a breakout performance), a spirited 5 year-old who is looked after by his loving and devoted Ma (Brie Larson, Short Term 12, Trainwreck).  Like any good mother, Ma dedicates herself to keeping Jack happy and safe, nurturing him with warmth and love and doing typical things like playing games and telling stories. Their life, however, is anything but typical—they are trapped—confined to a windowless, 10-by-10-foot space, which Ma has euphemistically named “Room.” Ma has created a whole universe for Jack within Room, and she will stop at nothing to ensure that, even in this treacherous environment, Jack is able to live a complete and fulfilling life. But as Jack’s curiosity about their situation grows, and Ma’s resilience reaches its breaking point, they enact a risky plan to escape, ultimately bringing them face-to-face with what may turn out to be the scariest thing yet: the real world.  ROOM also stars three-time Academy Award® nominee Joan Allen and Academy Award® nominee William H. Macy.

Larson is an outstanding actor; she was fantastic in Short Term 12 and she gives a nice supporting performance in Judd Apatow’s Trainwreck as Amy Schumer’s sister. Here she takes the lead in a fascinating looking drama (based on an award-winning novel by Emma Donoghue). The movie could easily break her out to the next level of stardom. Room opens in theaters on October 16.

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