The movie is based on the best-selling memoir by Jeannette Walls and sees Larson as the on-screen daughter of Woody Harrelson, who plays an alcoholic father.
Lionsgate has released the first trailer for "The Glass Castle", which stars Brie Larson, Woody Harrelson and Naomi Watts. Based on the best-selling memoir by Jeannette Walls, the movie follows a girl from a dysfunctional family who decides to gain a successful life on her own.
The trailer sees Jeannette's (Larson) past and present, offering a look at her poverty when she was a child and her wealthy life when she is adult. When she was a child, her family constantly moved to a new town due to her father's inability to find a stable job.
"The kids are tired to move to a new town everytime you lose a job," says Jeannette's mother (Watts) in the trailer. "You know, this run and run is only temporary," says Harrelson's character later on. "We just need perfect location and we can get to work on our castle."
The author herself has expressed her feeling of watching her story unveil on screen. "They did a spectacular job bringing to life a complicated story, there's so many nuances," says Walls to PEOPLE. "I wanted Brie Larson to play this role even before I knew who she was. She understands how to be strong and vulnerable at the same time, how you can fight and be scared at the same time."
Of Harrelson's portrayal of her father, Walls says, "The first time that I saw Woody in makeup and in character, I started trembling and crying-and I'm not that sort of person. But the degree to which he captured my father was breathtaking. He did and said things that my father did and said that I hadn't told him."
"The Glass Castle" is set to be released in U.S. theaters on August 11.