International Teaser Trailer for Dorian Gray Shows Its Face

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dorian gray poster International Teaser Trailer for Dorian Gray Shows Its Face

So far I’m compiling quite a list of movies to watch this fall: Surrogates, Armored, Pandorum, Gamer, 9, Whiteout, Extract, Trucker; and that’s just the first 3 weeks of September. Now, I’m adding a new one to my list – Dorian Gray.

Based on the 1890 novel by Oscar Wilde, Dorian Gray follows the exploits of a young man who meets artist Basil Hallward. Hallward paints a picture of Gray and becomes infatuated with him. When Gray realizes that one day that his beauty and lifestyle will fade, he sells his soul to have Basil’s painting age instead of him.

It’s an interesting story, to be sure, and the topics it covered – homosexuality, debauchery, self-indulgence – were highly controversial, even by today’s standards, in the late 1800′s. The novel is still considered to be one of the greatest examples of modern day Western Literature. The teaser trailer, however, doesn’t seem to be all that spectacular to me. Watch it below and see what you think. Thanks to Shock Till You Drop for exclusively nabbing the trailer:


Starring Ben Barnes (The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian) as Dorian Gray, Colin Firth (Nanny McPhee) as Lord Henry Wotton and Ben Chaplin (The Water Horse) as Basil Howard, the movie is not lacking in the acting department. All are fine solid performers and their chemistry on screen should be good. Rachel Hurd-Wood, who was Wendy in the 2003 version of Peter Pan, is all grown up now and plays the stage actress Sybil Vane, who is the love interest to Gray.

All of the above names seem good to me, so why am I left feeling “ehh?” about the teaser? Maybe it’s director Oliver Parker’s vision of the novel that he has brought to the screen? The last two movies I saw he directed were The Importance of Being Earnest and Othello. Both were decent, solid attempts at bringing great literary tales to the silver screen, with Laurence Fishburne’s performance in Othello being the highlight of both films.

So, perhaps it’s just the way this teaser was cut, all dark and moody, with close up flashes of what is going on, instead of giving us some piece of the story. It is, after all, just a teaser and I’m hoping the full trailer will be much better, with the movie being superb. I read this novel in college and it deserves to be told properly and not in a comic book style like The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen.

What did you think of the Dorian Gray teaser? Is the movie worth adding to your fall line up or would you rather wait for the DVD?

Dorian Gray starts to age September 9th, 2009.

Source: Shock Til You Drop

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  1. amazed!

    thrilled that it finally came out!

    it’s a teaser after all and by God it really teases us like Hell! love the fact that the date of the premier is 09.09.09 reverse it’s 6.6.6 some food for thought…not everything is what it seems to be!

    any info on the music heard in the teaser? I’d love to know!

  2. may not watch it at all. as with all adaptations, the book will always be better.

  3. I was totally intrigued by the trailer! It looks amazing, it feels taught and the cast I think will be worthy of an epic story. It does tell me just enough of the Wilde story to let me know that it may be a very good telling of it.

    Colin Firth is one of those quiet screen presences and is an underrated actor IMO that deserves better praise. He is THE Mr. Darcy, he was wonderful in The Importance of Being Earnest, Bridget Jones, even What a Girl Wants. Even though some of his roles were in movies that are not Oscar worthy to say the least, his presence is outstanding. Can’t say I like the beard though.

  4. @Lillian

    Technically the reverse would be 90.90.90
    Chow down on that. :)

  5. I think it looks very interesting. I’m looking forward to it…you shouldn’t judge a movie by it’s trailer anyway. I liked League of Extraordinary Gentleman. And INK’s right…6.6.6 would be the date upside down…not the reverse. Heh.

  6. It looks good.

    I like Ben Barnes, and this book really is one of the best most well written novels of all time… I hope its good. I just pictured someone else playing Dorian Gray is all…. but oh well….

  7. there’s no way i can edit the word “reverse” with “upside down” now, is there? but you got what i meant! there has to be a significant about that date.

  8. Recognised Rebecca Hall’s voice instantly: she was good enough as Christian Bale’s wife in The Prestige that I’d give this a go even if she’s not playing one of the main roles.

  9. i bet this will suck so bad

  10. I want to watch it just for Ben Barnes, excuse me for sounding like a teenager. Also, one really good movie is Underworld, and it”s very dark and gloomy. Maybe I”m just trying tconnect parrallel lines or something, but I kinda do want to see it. Also if it has Rachel Hurd-Wood, she’s rumored to play a main character in a book series that I love.

  11. Firt time commenting on SR and I had to because this trailer is very interesting. I think the League of Ext. Gentlmen gave an interesting glimpse of Dorian that completely stuck with what I know of his character. The teaser is definately a tease, but I hate it when trailers leave nothing to expect when you see the movie. Who knows, maybe it will garner enough interest enough so those who have not already will go read the book. Wilde was a great stroy teller and this story really proves it.