If you've always been fascinated by that story about Walt Disney's cryogenically frozen head — and/or the tale of Rip Van Winkle — then we have a YA book for you: "Noggin," by John Corey Whaley.
Whaley gave MTV News an exclusive look at the book's trailer Thursday (March 13), and the cheerfully creepy clip will definitely leave your head spinning.
"Noggin" tells the tale of Travis Coates, a former cancer patient and current recipient of a brand-new body. Coates is the second person ever to undergo this experimental surgery successfully, waking up five years after his head was lopped off and frozen with a 6-foot frame and the skills of an aspiring pro skateboarder.
Coates becomes a kind of hero and marvel in his community and beyond, but his newly revivicated life is thrown into disarray by the transplant. While it feels like he just woke up after a short nap, during the years in which he's been slumbering his friends have grown up and moved on, while he remains stuck in his 16-year-old past. Worse, his love, Cate, is engaged — to a fully grown man.
"I wanted to write a story with an absurd premise and ground it in reality," Whaley told MTV News. "I thought about how fun/challenging it would be to write a literal 'out of body' experience story. And voila."
"[Travis is] definitely based on some version of me," he added. "Maybe the version who grew up too fast or who is still, as a 30-year-old, realizing how relationships and people change as we grow older."
Like nearly all YA books nowadays, "Noggin," which is due out on April 8, has already been optioned to become a film, with a screenplay in the works by Jamie Linden (who previously penned "We Are Marshall").
When it comes to casting, Whaley already has a few thoughts: "I'm a huge movie nerd," he said. "I like Nick Robinson (from "Kings of Summer") — he sort of reminds me of Travis quite a bit."
I don't know — the kid in the trailer seems to have the heady role on lock.
Check out the teaser and let us know in the comments: What do you think would be the hardest part about waking up after a five-year nap?