Poster and trailer with Shailene Woodley in 'The Spectacular Now'

Hot off the success of "The Bling Ring" and "Spring Breakers," the new distribution company A24 will again take a run at the crossover of smart youth and art house pictures with the August release of "The Spectacular Now," starring Shailene Woodley and Miles Teller. The first poster and trailer for the film, which premiered earlier this year at the Sundance Film Festival and plays again Friday as part of the Los Angeles Film Festival, were just released.

Based on the novel by Tim Tharp, the film features Teller as a small-town high-schooler on the cusp of adulthood and Woodley as the girl who helps push him in that direction. The adaptation was written by Scott Neustadter and Michael H. Weber, who previously wrote "(500) Days of Summer" -- a distinction that earns "from the writers of" notice on the poster, pointing to how the new film is being positioned -- and directed by James Ponsoldt. Brie Larson, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Jennifer Jason Leigh and Kyle Chandler appear in supporting roles.

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Woodley has been in the news already this week when it was announced that her brief appearance as Mary Jane Watson in "The Amazing Spider-Man 2" was being cut by director Marc Webb. The part is likely being recast for future installments in the franchise. Woodley will nevertheless be seen in the upcoming adaptations of "Divergent" and "The Fault in Our Stars."

Ponsoldt has seen his stock rise since the film premiered earlier this year. He will be directing the Hillary Clinton biopic "Rodham," which has been garnering much speculation on who will be cast in the lead role. As a writer, he has also been reported as adapting the musical "Pippin" and the novel "Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock."


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