In the film, based on the memoir Beautiful Boy: A Father’s Journey Through His Son’s Addiction by David Sheff, Chalamet plays Nic Sheff, who struggles with a methamphetamine addiction, much to his father, David Sheff’s (Carell), concern and disappointment. The latest trailer opens with Nic explaining his addiction to his distraught parents.
“When I tried it, I felt better than I ever had,” Nic says. “So I just kept on doing it.”
The remainder of the preview is a flurry of moments in Nic and David’s lives at varying stages and ages. In one scene, David escorts his adolescent son across a school playground. In another, he walks a fallen teenage Nic through a dark alleyway in the pouring rain.
“I had such grand plans,” Carell’s voiceover muses. “He’d graduate from college, do something amazing. Now I just want him to not die.”
Directed by Felix Van Groeningen, Beautiful Boy premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival on Sept. 7. The film, which also stars Maura Tierney, Amy Ryan and Jack Dylan Grazer, hits theaters Oct. 12.