The semi-autobiographical film The Fabelmans looks to be Steven Spielberg’s most personal project yet.

Steven Spielberg had a success – if not a box office hit – last year with West Side Story, but for his next film, he’s turning introspective.

The Fabelmans is said to be based around Spielberg’s childhood, and looks to be a throwback to the films of that era. The official synopsis reads as follows:

Based on director Steven Spielberg’s childhood growing up in post-World War II era Arizona from age seven to eighteen, a young man discovers a shattering family secret, and explores how the power of movies help us see the truth about each other and ourselves.

The large ensemble cast includes Michelle Williams, Paul Dano, Gabriel LaBelle, Seth Rogen, Jeannie Berlin, Julia Butters, Robin Bartlett, Keeley Karsten and Judd Hirsch. Intriguingly, one film icon directs another, as director David Lynch is also in the cast. Completing the ensemble are Mateo Zoryon Francis-DeFord, Birdie Borria, Alina Brace, Sophia Kopera, Oakes Fegley, Sam Rechner, Chloe East, Jonathan Hadary and Isabelle Kusman.

As well as directing, Spielberg also co-wrote the screenplay with playwright Tony Kushner.

After premiering at the TIFF festival in September, The Fabelmans will be released in the US on the 23rd November. We’re going to have to wait in the UK though: it’s listed for 29th January 2023 over here.

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