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Watch the Trailer for the Semi-autobiographical Daniel Johns Film

From the mind of Daniel Johns, the genre-bending film is set to take viewers on one hell of a ride back to the 90s.


The trailer for the semi-autobiographical Daniel Johns film What If The Future Never Happened? has been released.

“It’s 1994, mere months before a teenage rockstar called Daniel would conquer the global music world in ways never-before-seen,” the official description for the genre-bending trip back to the 90s says. “On this ordinary day in regional Australia, while escaping the routine torment of three local bullies, a chance interaction with a mysterious figure from the future will change Daniel’s Tomorrow forever.”

Directed by James Medlam and starring Rasmus King in the lead role, the music for the upcoming film is composed by Johns himself: the soundtrack will feature cuts from his latest album FutureNever, interspersed with orchestral reinterpretations of Silverchair classics.

“The FutureNever era for me is about defying convention and making ambitious art across all mediums,” Johns explains. “What If The Future Never Happened? is a grunge, sci-fi short adventure inspired by the pop culture I was immersed in before a curious case of child stardom.

It’s at once the most honest and most fantastical thing I’ve ever done. I can’t wait for people to see it, but until then I hope the trailer gets people excited- it’s a hell of a trip.”

What If The Future Never Happened? is the latest exciting development in Johns’ FutureNever era. The titular album recently made ARIA chart history, becoming the longest reigning Australian top 10 album of 2022.

It followed the musician’s number one Spotify Original podcast series Who Is Daniel Johns?, which shone a light on his life and legacy, and overtook the likes of The Joe Rogan Experience to become the most popular podcast in Australia.

More recently, the 21-time ARIA Award winner was the cover artist for the April issue of Rolling Stone Australia/NZ, coinciding with the release of his first solo album in seven years.