Steven Spielberg’s new semi-autobiographical coming-of-age film ‘The Fabelmans’ has been announced for its world premiere at the Toronto Film Festival.
The film opens in a small release in New York and Los Angeles on Nov. 11 and expands nationwide on Nov. 23.
Newcomers plus Gabriel LaBelle as the main character Sammy Fabelman, Michelle Williams as the main character’s mother, Paul Dano as the main character’s father, Seth Rogen as the main character’s uncle, Julia Butters as the main character’s sister Anne, Sam Rechner as the main character’s Sam Rechner as the hero’s high school classmate Chad, David Lynch also starred.
Spielberg wrote the script with longtime collaborator Tony Kushner (‘Lincoln,’ ‘Munich,’ ‘West Side Story’), and the story is loosely adapted from his life experiences, focusing primarily on the hero’s teenage years, and the relationship with his parents, who, like Olds, live in Phoenix, Arizona, USA.
Spielberg lived in Phoenix in the late 1950s and early 1960s, making home movies and adventure films with his father’s 8mm camera while confronting anti-Semitism.
The Spielberg family moved to California during high school, and later his parents divorced and he lived with his father, with whom he had a strained relationship that also became the inspiration for his work on ‘E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial,’ ‘Hook,’ ‘Jurassic Park,’ Lincoln’ ‘Catch Me If You Can’ and other films.