Trailer arrives for Missing, the sort-of follow-up to Searching

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The sequel to 2018’s breakout hit Searching is called Missing, and the first trailer has arrived for the film.

2018’s Searching was something of a revelation. Although some of its later sequences stretched the credibility of the so-called screenlife format, the film would be remembered as one of the year’s better thrillers and a strong entrant in the emerging sub-genre of movies basically taking place on a computer screen.

We learned back in September that there will be another film in the series, imaginatively titled Missing, and whilst the excellent John Cho won’t be returning, we’re keen to see if the next film can maintain the quality set by its predecessor.

Considering the film was only announced back in September, we now have a trailer to check out. Missing is directed by Nick Johnson and Will Merrick and does not pick up on the first movie’s story, nor will it feature any of the same characters. In this case, it’s the format that will provide the continuity in the series with events presumably unfolding once more upon the character’s screens.

Here’s the synopsis:

‘When her mother (Nia Long) disappears while on vacation in Colombia with her new boyfriend, June’s (Storm Reid) search for answers is hindered by international red tape. Stuck thousands of miles away in Los Angeles, June creatively uses all the latest technology at her fingertips to try and find her before it’s too late. But as she digs deeper, her digital sleuthing raises more questions than answers…and when June unravels secrets about her mom, she discovers that she never really knew her at all.’

Missing is set to be released in January 2023 and Sony will be hoping that it can amass the same box office upside as its predecessor. Searching earned over $75m at the box office from a production budget of less than $1m. The sequel is also set to feature Joaquim de Almeida, Tim Griffin, Daniel Henney, and Amy Landecker. Aneesh Chaganty, the first film’s director has stepped back and will produce the sequel.

Here’s that trailer below:

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