After playing social outcasts in "Kick-Ass," "Let Me In" and "Carrie," Chloe Grace Moretz is finally playing a normal teen in "If I Stay." At least, the new trailer for the film starts out that way.

Moretz plays a promising young cellist who seems to have it all --  a shot at Julliard, a nice family ("World War Z's" Mireille Enos plays her mom), and a handsome rocker bf played by Jamie Blackley ("Snow White and the Huntsman"). Things take a tragic turn when a car crash sends her into a coma, and triggers an out-of-body experience where she experiences the world from the outside looking in. 

Powered by Moretz' perpetually sad-looking face -- and the inclusion of "Say Something" by A Great Big World and Christina Aguilera -- the trailer offers the sort of romantic melancholia found in Nicholas Sparks movies, but with a subtly-played supernatural edge. 

The film marks "Nashville" producer R.J. Cutler's directorial debut, and is based on the young adult novel by Gayle Forman

"If I Stay" opens August 22.

Dave Lewis has been a Los Angeles-based entertainment writer and editor for nearly ten years. Originally hailing from Minneapolis, he moved to L.A. in 1996 to attend USC, before working for various periodicals and web sites including a lengthy stint at He joined the HitFix staff in 2011.