Put Anne Hathaway in a blonde wig and gays will immediately go feral — and the new trailer for psychosexual thriller Eileen proves it.
The film, set in 1964, follows a young secretary at a prison named Eileen played by Thomasin McKenzie, who becomes enamored with the prison’s new psychologist Rebecca, played by Hathaway. The two grow closer and closer, until Rebecca reveals a dark secret that turns Eileen’s world upside down.
The trailer has just the right amount of intrigue to get us hooked: moody lighting, mysterious one-liners, and a kiss between Hathaway and McKenzie are more than enough to bring audiences to theaters in December.
“You can never tell anyone, do you understand?” Hathaway asks in the trailer. Ominous doesn’t begin to cover it.
Like Carol, Eileen also tells the story of a striking blonde woman who befriends a much younger brunette against a gorgeous yet stifling period backdrop.
Authorship matters, especially at Sundance.
Eileen is based on the 2015 book of the same name, the award-winning debut novel by Ottessa Moshfegh, who also wrote the screenplay in collaboration with her husband Luke Goebel. It’s directed by William Oldroyd, known for 2016’s Lady Macbeth.
Earlier this year, Hathaway referred to Eileen as “Carol meets Reservoir Dogs” in an interview with Vanity Fair.
“I [remember] just throwing everything at it and it feeling very risky,” she added. “I did hold my breath until I finally saw the film and saw that Will understood what I was doing—because it was very big. There was a much safer route to go with her.”
Fans are hyped for the film for a number of reasons, from the revitalization of the psychosexual thriller genre, known for hits like Fatal Attraction and Basic Instinct, to the opportunity to see Hathaway in a sapphic role, bringing plenty of childhood crushes full circle.
IT’S GIVING CAROL— noiva do mbappé 25/11 (@ciwywland) October 17, 2023
Sweeping award seasons dare I say….— persian roman roy (@theronfilm) October 17, 2023
Though like almost every movie these days, the film does look criminally dark. We want to actually see that gay kiss, please and thank you!
Eileen will have a limited theatrical release on December 1, followed by a wide release on December 8.
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