The Weinstein Company has released the first Big Eyes trailer for director Tim Burton’s upcoming drama. The film revolves around the lives of artists Margaret (Amy Adams) and Walter Keane (Christoph Waltz). Walter became famous in the 1950s and 60s for paintings featuring saucer-eyed kids, but it was the shy Margaret who really did the work. Walter’s fraud eventually led to a divorce and a heated court battle to prove authorship of the paintings. This looks to be a fantastic return to form for Burton after his flurry of CG-stuffed studio films, and honestly if I didn’t know this was a Tim Burton film going in, I might not have guessed it from this trailer. The film appears to tackle issues like the commercialization of art and the marginalization of women both at home and in the workplace, and I would not be shocked to see Adams become a major player in this year’s awards season. Big Eyes just skyrocketed towards the top of my most anticipated list for the rest of the year.
Hit the jump to watch the Big Eyes trailer. The film also stars Krysten Ritter, Terrence Stamp, Jason Schwartzman, and Danny Huston. Big Eyes opens in theaters on December 25th.
Trailer via Yahoo! Movies.
Here’s the official synopsis for Big Eyes:
Directed and produced by Tim Burton, BIG EYES is based on the true story of Walter Keane (Christoph Waltz), who was one of the most successful painters 1950s and early 1960s. The artist earned staggering notoriety by revolutionizing the commercialization and accessibility of popular art with his enigmatic paintings of waifs with big eyes. The truth would eventually be discovered though: Keane’s were actually not created by him at all, but by his wife, Margaret (Amy Adams). The Keanes, it seemed, had been living a lie that had grown to gigantic proportions. BIG EYES centers on Margaret’s awakening as an artist, the phenomenal success of her paintings, and her tumultuous relationship with her husband, who was catapulted to international fame while taking credit for her work.