A behind-the-scenes featurette for Universal Pictures’ newest coming-of-age drama The Fabelmans has been released, featuring commentary by director Steven Spielberg and the main cast. The film is now playing in theaters.
In the video, Spielberg described the film as a reflection of his childhood. It highlights a cinematic story about family and a young man’s love for the movies.
Check out The Fabelmans featurette below:
The film is led by Oscar nominee Michelle Williams (Blue Valentine), Paul Dano (The Batman), Seth Rogen (This Is the End), and Julia Butters (Once Upon a Time in Hollywood), who play roles inspired by Spielberg’s mother, father, favorite uncle, and sister, respectively. Meanwhile, Gabriel LaBelle is set to portray the leading role of Sammy Fabelman, who is inspired by the E.T. and Indiana Jones filmmaker.
The Fabelmans is loosely inspired by Spielberg’s childhood in Arizona which the director has often cited as a major inspiration for his films. Growing up in an Orthodox Jewish family has been the subject that the director often goes back and pays homage to through his work.
Additional cast includes Oakes Fegley, Gabriel Bateman, Nicolas Cantu, Sam Rechner, Judd Hirsch, Chloe East, Isabelle Kusman, Jeannie Berlin, Jan Hoag, and more.
The semi-autobiographical feature has been in development for more than 20 years. It was directed and produced by Spielberg from a screenplay he co-wrote with Tony Kushner. The producers are Kushner and Kristie Macosko Krieger.