Director Gore Verbinski got his start working on music videos for punk bands like Bad Religion and NOFX, but he made a name for himself in Hollywood after helming 2002’s The Ring, an American remake of the Japanese film that had a major impact on the horror genre. In the years since The Ring’s release, Verbinski has diverged from horror movies, directing the first three Pirates of the Caribbean films for Disney as well as family action/adventure flicks Rango and The Lone Ranger.
Now, Verbinski is returning to the horror genre for his upcoming film A Cure for Wellness, which follows a young businessman played by Dane DeHaan (The Amazing Spider-Man 2, Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets). Previous trailers for A Cure for Wellness have featured a number of striking visuals — which are typical to Verbinski’s directing style — while teasing the creepy atmosphere of the film. Now, a new trailer features even more interesting visuals while offering more insight into DeHaan’s character.
20th Century Fox released the second trailer for A Cure for Wellness [above], which teases the mission of DeHaan’s character. The young businessman is sent by the board of his company to retrieve their CEO from a wellness center in the Swiss Alps. However, when he’s diagnosed with the same illness that ails the center’s other guests, he begins to unravel the mysteries of the caregivers and the center itself. Fox additionally released an international poster and new stills from A Cure for Wellness, take a look:
In addition to DeHaan, A Cure for Wellness co-stars Mia Goth (Everest), Celia Imrie (Bridget Jones’s Baby), Adrian Schiller (The Danish Girl), and veteran of the Harry Potter series Jason Isaacs. The film, which was shot on location in Germany, also features plenty of local actors such as Susanne Wuest (Goodnight Mommy), Magnus Krepper (The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest), and Johannes Krisch (Labyrinth of Lies). Verbinski directed the film from a script penned by Justin Haythe (Revolutionary Road); the pair previously worked together on The Lone Ranger.
Though the trailer features even more striking visuals — like the shot of the office for the center’s manager as seen through the eye of a taxidermied deer — this new promo for A Cure for Wellness offers even more insight into the basic premise and setup of the movie. DeHaan’s Mr. Lockhart is given a letter from his company’s CEO talking about a sickness and a cure: “Only when we knows what ails us can we hope to find a cure.” And, when Lockhart arrives at the center in Switzerland, he is told they specialize in the “process of purification away from the pressures of the modern world.”
Throughout the trailer, there are eerie scenes from the settings within the center, as well as a particularly brutal car crash scene. Among other apparent treatments, DeHaan’s character is submerged in a sensory deprivation tank as well as strapped to what appears to be a dentist’s chair while a drill is aimed at his mouth. Although it remains to be seen how well Verbinski’s return to horror — and his reteaming with Haythe — will be received by audiences, this new trailer for A Cure for Wellness certainly teases a creepy horror film potentially in line with The Ring.
Source: 20th Century Fox