The teaser trailer was dropped Sunday at San Diego Comic-Con and it’s absolute madness.
The horror thriller directed by Adam Egypt Mortimer stars Patrick Schwarzenegger and centers on troubled college freshman Luke, played by Miles Robbins, who suffers a violent family trauma and resurrects his childhood imaginary friend Daniel (Schwarzenegger) to help him cope.
Mortimer, who also co-wrote the screenplay with Brian DeLeeuw, said of Schwarzenegger’s Daniel, “Daniel himself had to be such an incredibly handsome and charismatic young man, who is also sinister and [the actor] had to pull off all the secrets and mysteries that are revealed about the character. Patrick was forged in the fires of incredible genetics, and has a personal confidence, and a technical awareness of the camera, that allowed him to be free and weird and sexy.”
Of Robbins he said, “When I met with Miles Robbins, I had seen and loved him in Blockers, where he was hilarious and warm and crackling with life — something that was super important to me for this character.”
“He brought to our meeting so many great ideas about the themes of modern masculinity and had such a deep understanding of what this movie is all about. He then proceeded to audition for both characters and completely smash it. He is an empathy machine, the moment you see him on-screen you are in love with him.”
Daniel Isn’t Real also stars Sasha Lane, Hannah Marks, and Mary Stuart Masterso.