Channing Tatum and Diego Luna compete for Zoe Saldana‘s affections to hilarious ends in the new trailer for “The Book of Life,” 20th Century Fox’s forthcoming Day of the Dead-inspired animated adventure.
Our hero Manolo (played by Luna) is desperately in love with Maria (Saldana) and quite literally dead-set on winning her heart. “I’ll do anything to be with Maria,” he says. And with a snap of the fingers, some sketchy wizard transports him to The Land of the Remembered.
Manolo has been turned into a Day of the Dead-style skeleton. He can’t believe his eye sockets.
Director Jorge R. Gutierrez and producer Guillermo Del Toro created an awesome, stunningly animated world. One that’s rich in both mythology and modern humor.
“Come at me bro,” says Joaquin, Tatum’s beefy, dopey avatar. Joaquin is vying for Maria’s affections, too and even gives her an autographed picture… of himself.
“I’m speechless,” she says, annoyed.
“Yeah, right?” he responds, oblivious to her tone. “I get that a lot.”
“The Book of Life,” which also stars the voices of Ron Perlman, Christina Applegate, Ice Cube and even Placido Domingo, hits theaters Oct. 17.