Official Trailer for “Better Nate Than Ever” Leaps onto YouTube

Based on the novel by Tim Federle, seventh-grader Nate Foster is an aspiring actor with Broadway dreams, played by Rueby Wood in his film debut. Wood’s other acting credits include starring as Charlie in first national Broadway tour of “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory,” along with playing Michael Banks in a “Mary Poppins” play. Seems like it was only a matter of time before Wood made it to the movies. Here are the top five moments from the trailer that have us eagerly awaiting the film’s premiere:

1. Joshua Bassett (0:04) – This delightful actor and singer is co-starring with Wood as his older brother who seems to be over his little brother’s dramatics. It does seem that at some point he has character growth and becomes amazed at what Nate can do, but how he gets there is still unknown.

2. Lilo & Stitch Musical (0:20) – Two films and a TV show clearly weren’t enough, and now the fan-favorite weird girl and alien dog are getting a Broadway musical adaption. That sounds like an amazing idea that Disney should really consider pursuing. Theaters would be sold out every night.

3. Lisa Kudrow (0:24) – Best known for her role as Phoebe Buffay on the sitcom “Friends,” she takes on the role of Nate’s estranged aunt who also happens to be an actor. Well, struggling actor. She and Nate are similar in a lot of ways in that they never give up on their dreams and always have a smile on their faces also. It appears that she’ll inspire Nate to keep going, no matter how tough things get.

4. Nate Going Viral on TikTok (1:18) – It’s not everyday kids go viral anywhere, but the few that do are usually something special. At some point Nate find himself in the middle of New York singing along with a few street performers. He gets so into it that he doesn’t seem to notice he’s being filmed by a large crowd of onlookers. His passion and skill combined with the street performer’s instruments make for one incredible show. No wonder he went viral.

5. Nate Performing on Stage (1:33) – Whether it’s a dream sequence or not, seeing Nate standing above other actors on a brightly lit and well-decorated stage can make anyone feel happy. He really wants this acting thing to work, and honestly? He deserves it.

Look for “Better Nate Than Ever” only on Disney+, premiering on April 1st. Don’t worry, it’s not a joke.