NEW YORK (FOX 5 NY) - The grand nephew of Walt Disney is behind the new movie, 'William,' about a Neanderthal. But director Tim Disney says this isn't just about a caveman.
Scientists take ancient Neanderthal DNA and create the only Neanderthal on the planet, 'William.'
He tries to fit in but his distinctive physical features and unique way of thinking -- his 'otherness'-- set him apart and provoke fear.
"There is a lot of science in the movie, but it's really not about that. His Neanderthalnss is a proxy for race and other differences," said Disney.
While the story is unique, his struggle to find love and assert his own identity in a hostile world is universal.
"I want to tell stories about real people and real situations and to present them in a way that is interesting and unexpected," said Disney.
Shot in Vancouver, 'William' hits theaters April 12.