The trailer for Big Miracle (formerly called Everybody Loves Whales) takes us to Alaska, where a reporter (John Krasinski) has resorted to doing stories about avocados for lack of more interesting news fodder. That is, until he discovers three gray whales who have been trapped under the ice and left behind in their annual migration to warmer temperatures. With the help of his Greenpeace activist ex-girlfriend (Drew Barrymore), a media frenzy erupts with people across the country doing their part to free the whales.
The trailer does everything it can to pull on your heartstrings, and if it weren't based on a true story, the plot would seem too cutesy to be true. Though I'm skeptical about whether the film can draw a mass appeal, the charming cast (which also includes Kristen Bell, Ted Danson, and Dermot Mulroney) and gorgeous shots of the Arctic Circle are enough to have me rooting for the film. The film doesn't hit theaters until next February, but get your first look when you keep reading.