Entertainment: First trailer for Steven Spielberg's new movie based on his life

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Hollywood legend Steven Spielberg's new movie has just dropped its first trailer and cinema fans will be rejoicing — the movie is based on the acclaimed director's life.

The Fabelmans is a semi-autobiographical coming-of-age film inspired by Spielberg's childhood growing up in Arizona and dreaming of becoming a filmmaker. The movie stars Gabriel LaBelle as Sammy, who is based on a young Spielberg, while Michelle Williams and Paul Dano feature as Sammy's mum and dad, based on Spielberg's own parents. Seth Rogen also stars in a role based on his favourite uncle.

You can watch the trailer below.

Spielberg directed the movie himself — his first film since last year's West Side Story — while he co-wrote the script with regular collaborator Tony Kushner, who wrote the screenplays for three previous Spielberg movies in West Side Story, Lincoln and Munich.

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The movie premiered this weekend at the Toronto Film Festival and the early reviews are really good, with many calling it some of Spielberg's best and most personal work. It currently sits on 91% on Rotten Tomatoes.

The Fabelmans © Universal The Fabelmans

The movie will also likely draw comparisons with Kenneth Branagh's Belfast. That film was a semi-autobiographical tale based on Branagh's childhood in Belfast as he grew up wanting to become a filmmaker. Both pictures certainly evoke a sense of nostalgia and chase-your-dreams sentimentality.

Belfast fared very well for Branagh, winning him his first Academy Award — for best original screenplay. The film was also nominated for best picture and best director.

Jamie Dornan, Belfast © Focus Features Jamie Dornan, Belfast

Spielberg will be hoping his movie can match those heights, although he is a three-time Oscar winner already having won a best picture Oscar (for Schindler's List) and two best director Oscars (for Schindler's List and Saving Private Ryan).

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Meanwhile, Spielberg's other upcoming project, Indiana Jones 5, which he produces, will be released next year. Excitement for that long-awaited picture has ramped up with the tease of John Williams' score for Phoebe Waller-Bridge's character.

Indiana Jones 5 is scheduled for release on June 23, 2023.

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