The Fabelmans

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Aspiring filmmaker Sammy is a young boy growing and learning about the trials of life in post-World War II Arizona. When his tight-knit family is hit hard by his parents' divorce, Sammy must learn the importance of believing in his dreams and fighting to make them a reality.

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The Fabelmans is an upcoming coming-of-age drama film directed and co-written by Steven Spielberg, and produced by Amblin Entertainment. The movie is loosely based on Spielberg’s own adolescence growing up as an aspiring filmmaker in post-World War II Arizona.

Steven Spielberg is among the most beloved and decorated filmmakers in Hollywood. The director is known for his work on iconic blockbusters such as E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, Jurassic Park, and Jaws. Tony Kushner co-wrote the script with Spielberg. The duo previously collaborated on Munich, Lincoln and West Side Story. The Fabelmans also marks the 29th collaboration between Spielberg and acclaimed composer John Williams.

The movie charts Sammy's life from the age of seven to eighteen. Mateo Zoryna Francis-Deford and Gabriel LaBelle play the boy during different time periods. They are joined by five-time Academy Award nominee Michelle Williams and Paul Dano as Sammy’s parents. Filmmaking icon, David Lynch also takes up a role in the film also, marking the first collaboration between the two directors.

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The Fabelmans will be released in theaters in New York and Los Angeles on November 11th, 2022. After this limited release the movie will have a wider release on November 23rd. The movie does not have an official streaming release date yet.

Production: Timeline, news & updates

  • March 9, 2021: It’s announced that Steven Spielberg will direct and write an untitled project based on his own childhood. Michelle Williams is rumored to be playing a role inspired by the filmmaker’s mother. (Source: Deadline)
  • March 22, 2021: Seth Rogen joins the cast in the role of Spielberg’s favorite uncle. (Source: Deadline)
  • April 8, 2021: Paul Dano joins the cast. (Source: Deadline)
  • May 26, 2021: Steven Spielberg signs new actor Gabriel LaBelle to star in the film. (Source: Deadline)
  • March 20, 2020: In an interview, cinematographer Janusz Kamiński states that the film would chronicle Spielberg's life from age seven to eighteen and deal with his family and passion for filmmaking. The movie will touch upon the themes of young love, divorce, and the first formative relationships of the young man’s life.(Source: Discussing Film)
  • February 4, 2022:Acclaimed cult filmmaker, David Lynch, joined the cast of the film in an undisclosed role. (Source: Collider)
  • July 6, 2020: In a set of behind-the-scenes images from the production, composer John Williams is seen working on the score. It will be the final score that the legendary musician produces before he retires. (Source: Collider)
  • September 7, 2022: A new poster for The Fabelmans is released. It's an image of a man walking on a stage set with a picture of a younger version of himself holding a camera next to a woman. (Source: Collider)
  • September 8, 2022: The first trailer for The Fabelmans is released. The clip is a heartwarming one that depicts the close-knit family life of the Fabelmans, and protagonist Sammy's deep love of filmmaking. (Source: Deadline)
  • September 20, 2022: The movie is set to head to AFI Fest to premiere in the United States from November 2-6, 2022. (Source: The Playlist)

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Drama , Comedy


2h 31min

Age rating



Gabriel LaBelle
Sammy Fabelman
Michelle Williams
Mitzi Fabelman
Paul Dano
Burt Fabelman
Seth Rogen
Benny Loewy
Julia Butters
Reggie Fabelman
Keeley Karsten
Natalie Fabelman
Sophia Kopera
Lisa Fabelman
Judd Hirsch
Uncle Boris
Jeannie Berlin
Haddash Fabelman
Sam Rechner
Logan Hall
Mateo Zoryon Francis-DeFord
Younger Sammy Fabelman
Robin Bartlett
Tina Schildkraut
Birdie Borria
Younger Reggie Fabelman
Alina Brace
Young Natalie
Oakes Fegley
Chad Thomas
Chloe East
Monica Sherwood
Isabelle Kusman
Claudia Denning
James Urbaniak
Grand View High School Principal
Alex Quijano
Grand View High School PE Coach
Connor Trinneer
Phil Newhart
Greg Grunberg
Bernie Fein
David Lynch
John Ford
Carlos Javier Castillo
Camera Store Clerk
Ezra Buzzington
2nd Camera Store Clerk
Paul Chepikian
Pinnacle Peak Owner
Brinly Marum
Janet Benedict
Crystal the Monkey
Bennie the Monkey
Art Bonilla
Taxi Driver
Nicole Alicia Xavier
Sammy's Classmate
Vera Myers
Senior Classmate
Larkin Campbell
Scout Father
Rob Shiells
Chad's Posse
Julyah Rose
Theater Goer
April Elize
Ari Davis
Theatre Patron
Jared Becker
Lead Guitarist
Kendal Evans
Balloon Girl
Trang Vo
High School Friend
Mason Bumba
Stunt Soldier Boy
Tia Nalls
Singer #3
Harper Dustin
Natalie Photo Double
Samantha Rose Gomez
Boy Scout Sibling
Taylor Hall
Senior Classmate
Sarah Hamilton
Senior Classmate
Paige Locke
Marissa McBride
Senior Classmate

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