The Weinstein Company has released the first two Big Eyes images online. Tim Burton‘s latest film focuses on the artistic coupling of Margaret (Amy Adams) and Walter Keane (Christoph Waltz). Walter became famous in the 1950s and 60s for paintings featuring saucer-eyed kids, though it was the shy Margaret who really did the work. Margaret eventually tired of the misplaced credit, which led to a divorce and a heated court battle to prove authorship of the paintings. I would love to see Burton take on a worthwhile story again, and this one has the potential to catapult him back to making an interesting movie with real characters as opposed to Johnny Depp and Helena Bonham Carter being weird for 100 minutes.
Hit the jump to check out the Big Eyes images. The film also stars Krysten Ritter, Terrence Stamp, Jason Schwartzman, and Danny Huston. Big Eyes opens December 25th.
Via The Weinstein Company.
Speaking to USA Today, Waltz says that although Walter is treated unfavorably for his actions, he does empathize with the character. “I admire Walter Keane for his marketing,” says Waltz. “For being able to sustain that scam for so long and how he managed to climb the ladder from literally the bottom. I am not completely against him at all. She was part of it. She knew, that changes everything.”
From Adams’ side, she says “Margaret really believed that as a woman, people would not buy her art. “[Walter] convinced her the life they were able to lead was because the artist was a man, who could sell more art at a higher price than a woman.”
I assume the movie will be on Margaret’s side since audiences tend not to root for plagiarists, but with two talented actors like Waltz and Adams at the heart of the picture, I think they have the power to make audiences care about both characters.