It’s been a while since we had a Cameron Crowe feature in theaters. Luckily, we won’t be waiting much longer – We Bought a Zoo is coming out this winter. While there’s still no news on a first trailer, USA Today revealed a set of first look photos. From that we can get a hint that we’re in for a treat. See for yourself.

The new Crowe film is set in Southern California. Matt Damon stars as a father who moves his young family to the countryside to renovate and re-open a struggling zoo. The cast also includes Scarlett Johansson, Elle Fanning and Thomas Haden Church.

There’s also a whole feature written about Crowe and his new film, where he expresses his eagerness to get back to directing:

I wanted to direct again, and it was so much fun to get back into it. The size of this film felt right. I just wanted to get back into a group of characters and feast on all of them.

Crowe also talks about working with his actors and what he’s been doing on his time off, which doesn’t surprise us. He is first and foremost a writer.

In the photos below we see some behind the scenes, Damon coming face to face with a tiger and a beautiful family portrait. Check it out!

What do you think?