Long before Tom Cruise fended off extraterrestrial tripod fighting machines in 2005's War of the Worlds, there was Orson Welles' original radio drama, which was broadcast in 1938 and caused the world to falsely believe there was an impending alien invasion.
Brave New Jersey is about that very night in the small town of Lullaby, and, in this exclusive clip, Pitch Perfect 3 star Anna Camp plays Peg Prickett, a schoolteacher who is ready to stay and fight during an attack from Mars, which does not go over well with her tough-talking fiancé.
The comedy is being billed as "the original Fake News story" about an alien invasion where the aliens never show up. It comes from director Jody Lambert (Chris Pine's People Like Us) and co-stars Veep's Tony Hale and Parenthood's Sam Jaeger.
Watch the movie's trailer below:
And here is the official synopsis:
"In a small New Jersey town on the night of Orson Welles’ legendary 1938 'War of the Worlds' radio broadcast, the hoax that terrified millions into believing Martians were invading America, citizens face what they think is their last night on Earth. The over-worked town’s mayor Clark (Hale) will take a chance on love. The neglected housewife, Lorraine (Heather Burns) will break free from her big-cheese husband (Jaeger). The demure schoolteacher Peg (Camp) will become a warrior. The aimless reverend (Dan Bakkedahl) will rediscover his faith. The scared Sheriff (Mel Rodriguez) will find his courage. And the reclusive war veteran (Raymond J. Barry) will become a hero as he convinces the town to fight the aliens. All these characters join forces for a final 'battle' that leads to a surprising and hilarious outcome."
Brave New Jersey is available in theaters and On Demand on Aug. 4.