Focus Features has unveiled the first teaser trailer for Nocturnal Animals, the long-awaited follow-up film from A Single Man filmmaker Tom Ford. Based on the Austin Wright novel Tony and Susan, the film stars Amy Adams as a successful art dealer whose former flame (Jake Gyllenhaal) sends her an intense and thrilling manuscript for a novel inspired by their relationship. The story plays out in two parts, switching from Adams and her life in present day to the story that’s being told in the manuscript, aptly named Nocturnal Animals.
Admittedly, this teaser trailer is my first exposure to the film (other than yesterday’s brief teaser for the teaser…) so while I have very little idea of what’s going on in this movie beyond what the synopsis tells me, I’m intrigued nonetheless. When the film’s marketing material (mercifully) holds back on all but the most basic plot points, it falls to the quality of the cast, crew, and overall look of the film to draw viewers in. Nocturnal Animals knocks it out of the park in this regard. Hopefully the slew of Oscar-nominated actors in this film’s top billing land not only another nod come awards season, but actually get to bring home some hardware this time.
Watch the Nocturnal Animals trailer below, and click here to read Matt’s review of the film from the Toronto International Film Festival. Written and directed by Ford, the film also stars Michael Shannon, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Isla Fisher, Karl Glusman, Armie Hammer, Laura Linney, Andrea Riseborough, and Michael Sheen. Nocturnal Animals opens in limited release on November 18th, expands further on November 23rd, and opens wide on December 9th.
Here’s the official synopsis for Nocturnal Animals:
From writer/director Tom Ford comes a haunting romantic thriller of shocking intimacy and gripping tension that explores the thin lines between love and cruelty, and revenge and redemption. Academy Award nominees Amy Adams and Jake Gyllenhaal star as a divorced couple discovering dark truths about each other and themselves in NOCTURNALANIMALS.