First trailer for Zach Braff's "Wish I Was Here" unveiled

Zach Braff co-writes, directs and stars in the new drama, "Wish I Was Here."
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Zach Braff is back in the director's chair.

The 39-year-old former "Scrubs" lead is at the helm of "Wish I Was Here," which he stars in and co-wrote with his older brother, Adam Braff.

The first trailer for the new drama made its debut online Thursday, with Braff playing an eccentric father of two forced to homeschool his kids.

It's been a decade since Braff last directed a feature film, 2004's "Garden State." In the interim, he directed several episodes of "Scrubs" (which ended in 2010) as well as the 2008 TV movie "Night Life."

The "Wish I Was Here" trailer doesn't give too much away about the plot, and very little dialogue can heard. Instead, we are shown visuals from the film set to the tune of The Shins' "Simple Song." Braff had previously used a Shins track called "New Slang" in "Garden State."

The "Wish I Was Here" cast includes Kate Hudson, Jim Parsons, "Frozen" star Josh Gad, Braff's "Scrubs" co-star Donald Faison, Ashley Greene and late "The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air" star James Avery in his final acting role.

Joey King, of "The Conjuring" and "White House Down" fame, plays Braff's purple wig-wearing daughter.

"Wish I Was Here" was notably funded through a Kickstarter campaign, with Braff's fans contributing over $3 million to the project.

The film made its debut at this year's Sundance Film Festival, where it was met with somewhat of a mixed reception.

"Wish I Was Here" comes to theaters on July 25.

Watch the trailer here:

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