IFC Films has acquired U.S. rights to “Wakefield,” a dark comedy starring Bryan Cranston as a man who hides in his attic to spy on his family, the company announced Thursday.
Jennifer Garner co-stars as his unhappy wife in writer-director Robin Swicord’s film, adapted from an E.L. Doctorow short story.
The “Breaking Bad” star plays Howard Wakefield, a Manhattan corporate lawyer bored with suburban living. To mix things up, he pretends to go missing and retreats to the attic of his carriage house garage, surviving by scavenging for food at night.
To keep himself entertained, he spies on his family’s daily activities, and muses on how they cope with him gone.
IFC Films will release the film theatrically starting May 19, 2017 in New York. It hits VOD May 26, 2017.
“Wakefield” was produced by Julie Lynn, Bonnie Curtis, Wendy Federman and Carl Moellenberg.
It world premiered at the 2016 Telluride Film Festival before going on to screen at the Toronto International Film Festival.
Cranston will next be seen “Power Rangers,” which opens Friday.