‘Nocturnal Animals’ Trailer: Amy Adams, Jake Gyllenhaal in Potent Thriller

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The first trailer has been released for Nocturnal Animals, the upcoming dramatic thriller starring Amy Adams and Jake Gyllenhaal.

Directed and written by fashion designer turned filmmaker Tom Ford, who directed Colin Firth to an Oscar nomination with 2009’s A Single Man, Nocturnal Animals tells of an art gallery owner (Adams) who is haunted by her ex-husband’s (Gyllenhaal) new novel, a violent thriller she interprets as a veiled threat and a symbolic revenge tale.

The buzz is strong with this one. Nocturnal Animals had quite a successful premiere at the Venice Film Festival, where received highly positive reviews. The trailer below is fantastic, giving us some of Ford’s gorgeous framing and a plot that looks to be packing in twists and brutality in equal doses. This one’s high on our must-see list.

Nocturnal Animals, also starring Michael Shannon, Aaron Taylor-Johnson and Armie Hammer, will arrive in Australia on November 9 and opens in the U.S. on December 9.

Scroll past the trailer and synopsis to check out more images from the film along with four character posters.

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 “Nocturnal Animals.”

Susan Morrow, a Los Angeles art dealer (portrayed by Ms. Adams), lives an incredibly privileged yet unfulfilled life with her husband Hutton Morrow (Armie Hammer). One weekend, as Hutton departs on one of his too-frequent business trips, Susan receives an unsolicited package that has been left in her mailbox. It is a novel, Nocturnal Animals, written by her ex-husband Edward Sheffield (Mr. Gyllenhaal), with whom she has had no contact for years. Edward’s note accompanying the manuscript encourages Susan to read the work and then to contact him during his visit to the city. Alone at night, in bed, Susan begins reading. The novel is dedicated to her…

…but its content is violent and devastating. While Susan reads, she is deeply moved by Edward’s writing and cannot help but reminisce over the most private moments from her own love story with the author. Trying to look within herself and beyond the glossy surface of the life and career that she has made, Susan increasingly interprets the book as a tale of revenge, a tale that forces her to re-evaluate the choices that she has made, and re-awakens a love that she feared was lost – as the story builds to a reckoning that will define both the novel’s hero and her own.

Image via Merrick Morton/Universal Pictures International
Image via Merrick Morton/Universal Pictures International
Image via Merrick Morton/Universal Pictures International
Image via Merrick Morton/Universal Pictures International
Image via Merrick Morton/Universal Pictures International
Image via Merrick Morton/Universal Pictures International

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