Boy am I a big fan of Zach Braff. For nine years, he entertained us all as Dr. John Dorian on Scrubs, with his over-the-top delivery and surprising dramatic turns, the show remains at the top of my favorite sitcoms of all-time. Amidst that success, Braff made his directorial debut in 2004 with Garden State, a unique dramedy starring Braff alongside Natalie Portman, which garnered plenty of critical praise and a moderate box office take, considering the films indie appeal and roots. Since then, however, Braff has been silent behind the camera, and hasn’t found many roles after the final season of Scrubs either.
That changed in 2013 when news broke of a Kickstarter project, which saw Braff seeking funding to help get his next title off the ground. The project hit its goal with ease, despite some fans taking umbrage with yet another celebrity taking to the crowd-funding site to pay for their labors of love via fan money, rather than backing the films themselves. Now the film is set to release in July and a trailer has dropped as well. Wish I Was Here follows the tale of a struggling actor dealing with the failing health of his father, his inability to afford his children’s private schooling leading to the decision to home-school them and his over-active imagination.
Braff once again stars, this time as the lead Aiden, along with Kate Hudson, Mandy Patinkin and Josh Gadd. The film garners 1,000 bonus points for also having Donald Faison in its cast, obviously leading me to believe this movie is the continuation of one of the best bromances in television history — J.D. and Turk. Check out the trailer below to see Braff continue his love of offbeat humor, existential dramedy, and all things The Shins.