For years Zach Braff was asked what he would do to follow up his writing and directorial debut that is the beloved Garden State. His gift for writing was present in every single one of the Garden State quotes, and in the decade since its premiere, audiences still adore the film.
In our Zach Braff exclusive interview almost 18 months ago, he said he had a project, and now it’s come to fruition. We even have the first trailer for Wish I Was Here. It not only stars Braff, but also Kate Hudson and Josh Gad.
Focus Features has also released the film’s synopsis to give us an idea of what to expect from the film set to release July 18.
Wish I Was Here is the story of Aidan Bloom (played by Braff), a struggling actor, father and husband, who at 35 is still trying to find his identity; a purpose for his life. He and his wife are barely getting by financially and Aidan passes his time by fantasizing about being the great futuristic Space-Knight he’d always dreamed he’d be as a little kid.
When his ailing father can no longer afford to pay for private school for his two kids (ages 5 and 12) and the only available public school is on its last legs, Aidan reluctantly agrees to attempt to home-school them.
The result is some funny chaos, until Aidan decides to scrap the traditional academic curriculum and come up with his own. Through teaching them about life his way, Aidan gradually discovers some of the parts of himself he couldn’t find.
Watch Garden State online and remind yourselves what a gift the film is to movie fans everywhere.