'Daniel Isn't Real': Release date, plot, cast, trailer, and everything you need to know about this psychological thriller

Is it a good idea to bring your childhood imaginary friend back to life? Starring Miles Robbins and Patrick Schwarzenegger, this psychological thriller takes you on a journey that leaves you on the brink of insanity.

                             'Daniel Isn't Real': Release date, plot, cast, trailer, and everything you need to know about this psychological thriller
Miles Robbins (Source: IMDb)

 2019 horror thriller film, 'Daniel Isn't Real' is from a screenplay by Mortimer and Brian DeLeeuw and is based on the novel by DeLeeuw called, 'In This Way, I Was Saved'. The world premiere of the film was on March 9, 2019, at South by Southwest. Deemed a psychological thriller, it dives into the world of sanity and reality while merging them in Luke, the main character of the film.

Release date

The movie is set to release in theaters on December 6, 2019 by Samuel Goldwyn Films.


Luke, a troubled young man in his freshman year of college suffers from violent family trauma and is suggested by his therapist that he should bring his childhood imaginary friend, Daniel, back to life to help him cope in the present. Although Daniel does help Luke achieve what he wants to, he starts pushing him over the edge. Luke starts to question reality, his sanity being deprived in this chase with an extension of his mind trying to control his own mind and soul.


The two main cast members are Miles Robbins as Luke and Patrick Schwarzenegger as Daniel.

Miles Robbins

Robbins' roles included playing William, son of Dana Scully and Fox Mulder in 'The X-Files'. He was also seen in 'Halloween' (2018) and in 'The Day Shall Come',  with Anna Kendrick. He's also played minor roles in 'My Friend Dahmer', and 'Mozart in the Jungle', and in 'The Get Down.'

Miles Robbins arrives at the premiere of Universal Pictures' "Halloween" at the TCL Chinese Theatre on October 17, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

Patrick Schwarzenegger

With the entertainment business and politics running in his family, Patrick Schwarzenegger is not only the son of Arnold Schwarzenegger and Maria Shriver but also the great-nephew of U.S. President John F. Kennedy - through his maternal side. He has had supporting roles in  'Stuck in Love' (2012), 'Grown Ups 2' (2013) and 'Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse' (2015). He got his first leading role in 2018, alongside Bella Thorne in 'Midnight Sun'

Patrick Schwarzenegger attends the ELLE x Ferragamo Hollywood Rising Party at Sunset Tower on October 11, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Tommaso Boddi/Getty Images)

The film cast also includes Sasha Lane, Mary Stuart Masterson, Hannah Marks, Chukwudi Iwuji and Peter McRobbie.


This psychological rollercoaster is directed by Adam Egypt Mortimer and is written by Mortimer and Brian DeLeeuw. The producers are Daniel Noah, Josh C. Waller, Lisa Whalen, and Elijah Wood.

Director and writer Mortimer is known for 'Daniel Isn't Real', 'Some Kind of Hate' (2015) and Archenemy which is currently in pre-production.


His therapist suggested he revive his childhood's imaginary friend to cope with his current struggles but we get to watch Luke spiral out of reality as he tries to take back control of his life from Daniel, an extension of his imagination.


Where to watch

Catch 'Daniel Isn't Real' in theatres on December 6, 2019

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