The first official trailer for Terence Davies’ (The House of Mirth) romantic drama The Deep Blue Sea has gone online. Based on Terence Ratigan’s play, the film stars Rachel Weisz as a London socialite and Tom Hiddleston (Thor) as an ex-RAF pilot who are in love during the 1950s. Complicating matters is the fact that Weisz’s character is already married to a high court judge, and divorce is a four-letter word in 1950s England. The trailer plays almost like a dream (those expecting Samuel L. Jackson and sharks will be sorely disappointed), and the images are seen through a very, very soft lens. The film played last year at TIFF and early word has been strong. Weisz is nearly always great, and Hiddleston is a fantastic young talent. He’s a big part of why Thor works and his brief scenes in War Horse and Midnight in Paris were highlights of both films, so I’m excited to see him stretch his dramatic chops in a leading role.
Hit the jump to watch the trailer and to check out the new poster. If you missed it, be sure to check out Steve’s interview with Hiddleston regarding the film. The Deep Blue Sea opens in select theaters on March 23rd.
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Here’s the synopsis for The Deep Blue Sea:
Master chronicler of post-War England, Terence Davies (The Long Day Closes, The House of Mirth) directs Rachel Weisz as a woman whose overpowering love threatens her well-being and alienates the men in her life. In a deeply vulnerable performance, Rachel Weisz plays Hester Collyer, the wife of an upper-class judge (Simon Russell Beale) and a free spirit trapped in a passionless marriage. Her encounter with Freddie Page (Tom Hiddleston), a troubled former Royal Air Force pilot, throws her life in turmoil, as their erotic relationship leaves her emotionally stranded and physically isolated. The film is an adaptation of British playwright Terence Rattigan’s 1952 play, featuring one of the greatest roles for an actress in modern theatre. Through flashbacks, Mr. Davies creates memorable cinematic compositions against the backdrop of post-war England. His signature style includes beautiful tracking shots as well as the use of popular music of the day, and here Samuel Barber’s majestic Opus for Violin and Orchestra. Besides his two acclaimed semi-autobiographical features Distant Voices, Still Lives and The Long Day Closes, Mr. Davies films include The House of Mirth, The Neon Bible, and his masterful nonfiction exploration of his native city, Liverpool, Of Time and the City.