Martin Scorsese has taken his first plunge into both family filmmaking and 3D with Hugo, which adapts the Brian Selznick book The Invention of Hugo Cabret with Asa Butterfield and Chloe Moretz in the lead roles. We’ve got a look at the first teaser poster for the film, in advance of the upcoming trailer release. Appropriately for something arriving the same week as the final Harry Potter film, there’s a serious Potter influence here. But as this is one of the first official images we’ve seen for Hugo, which also happens to confirm the recent title change, I’ll accept that for now.
The story is set in 1931 in a Paris train station, where orphan Hugo Cabret (Asa Butterfield) lives on his own. He befriends an unusual young girl (Chloë Moretz) and discovers the inventions of an eccentric old man (Ben Kingsley). The rest of the cast includes Sacha Baron Cohen, Christopher Lee, Emily Mortimer, Jude Law, Michael Stuhlbarg, Emily Mortimer, Ray Winstone, Frances de la Tour and Richard Griffiths. Given the enthusiasm of Martin Scorsese for the story you might not be surprised to discover that it features a link to the early days of filmmaking. Or, as the official line on the plot goes:
The film tells the tale of an orphan boy living a secret life in the walls of a Paris train station. When Hugo encounters a broken automaton, an eccentric girl, and the cold, reserved man who runs the toy shop, he is caught up in a magical, mysterious adventure that could put all of his secrets in jeopardy.
This image is obviously a snap of the poster in the wild. We’ll update this post with a studio-released version as soon as it becomes available.