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The second trailer for Vox Lux was released on Wednesday.
The music drama begins in 1999 as teenage sisters Celeste (Raffey Cassidy) and Eleanor (Stacy Martin) form a musical act inspired by a shared tragedy. The sisters are recruited by a manager (Jude Law) and quickly enter into a world of fame and fortune. The film later picks up in 2017, when 31-year-old Celeste (Natalie Portman) is a mother to a teenage daughter, Albertine (also played by Cassidy). In the modern-day portion of the film, Celeste struggles to navigate her career amid scandals when she faces another tragic event.
Jennifer Ehle, Maria Dizzia and Christopher Abbott also star in the film, which was written and directed by Brady Corbet. Willem Dafoe serves as the narrator.
The new trailer opens with the 31-year-old Celeste announcing that she is going to sing a song that brings “it back to where it all began” while standing onstage in front of an arena of fans.
The scene quickly cuts to the teenage Celeste performing the Sia and Greg Kurstin song “Wrapped Up” during a vigil. Celeste’s performance is juxtaposed with quick shots that show her recovery process following a school shooting.
The trailer cuts back and forth from Portman and Cassidy’s performances of the song as viewers see the contrast between Celeste’s climb to fame and her current status as a singer.
Teenage Celeste comes one step closer to fame when she starts working with her manager. “You and your parents chose me to guide you through this, so I want you to remember what I told you,” the manager tells the rising star. “You’re just dancing in your bedroom and no one’s looking at you and you ain’t got a care in the world.”
Brief glimpses of Celeste’s struggles with her career and personal life continue to play throughout the trailer. “I keep feeling like big moments keep getting stolen away from me,” says the older Celeste. “You know, sometimes you just get kicked when you’re down.”
The trailer concludes with the modern-day Celeste finishing the performance as the audience cheers her on. Neon is set to release Vox Lux in theaters on Dec. 7.
Watch the full trailer above.
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