Movies: Hawaii, Clooney impress in ‘Descendants’ trailer

May. 25, 2011 | 1 Comment

BY MIKE GORDON / mgordon@staradvertiser.com

The first full trailer for “The Descendants,” which stars George Clooney in the story of a wealthy but troubled kamaaina family, was released today online via iTunes.

“The Descendants” was directed by Alexander Payne, the creator of the Academy Award-winning film “Sideways,” and shot in Hawaii last spring. It was adapted from the bestselling novel by local author Kaui Hart Hemmings.

Payne spent months in the islands prior to filming so he would be able to create a believable backdrop for the powerful story Hemmings wrote. The trailer, though short, seems to underscore that.

“The Descendants” follows Clooney as he and his two daughters head to Kauai to find his wife’s lover. Shailene Woodley and Amara Miller play his daughters and the film also features Beau Bridges, Robert Forster, Michael Ontkean and Judy Greer.

The film from Fox Searchlight Pictures will be released Dec. 16.

  • Anonymous

    I have the Tori Richard shirt Clooney is wearing in the trailer. I wonder if it will be famous too.