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Watch the trailer for Zach Braff’s Garden State follow-up Wish I Was Here

Wish I Was Here features music from The Strokes, Cat Power, Chris Martin, and more

    10 years ago, Zach Braff made his filmmaking debut with Garden State, an enormously successful indie with equally killer soundtrack, highlighted by The Shins, Coldplay, Iron & Wine, Thievery Corporation, and more. Now, after a successful Kickstarter campaign, Braff is back with his second feature film Wish I Was Here, which is set for a July 25th theatrical release.

    Starring Braff as a “struggling actor, father and husband, who at 35 is still trying to find his identity; a purpose for his life” (sound familiar?), who homeschools his kids after his father is diagnosed with inoperable cancer. Directed by Braff, who co-wrote the film with his brother Adam, Wish I Was Here will also feature costars Joey King, Kate Hudson, Jim Parsons, Mandy Patinkin, Josh Gad and Ashley Green.

    While Wish I Was Here isn’t technically a sequel to Garden State, it’s definitely at least its spiritual successor. With the movie’s newly-released trailer, the similarities between the two films become even more clear. Most importantly, The Shins, who “will change your life, I swear”, make an appearance with their 2012 Port Of Morrow single “Simple Song” soundtracking the trailer. Watch it below.

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    Wish I Was Here premiered this year at the Sundance Film Festival. Braff has also curated a soundtrack to accompany the film, which is reported to include a collaboration between Cat Power’s Chan Marshall and Coldplay’s Chris Martin, in addition to new, original songs from Bon Iver and of course, The Shins.

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