First things first: The Deep Blue Sea has nothing to do with Renny Harlin’s cult 1999 horror movie about super-intelligent mako sharks. Moving on…
Deep Blue Sea is actually filmmaker Terence Davies’ adaptation of the acclaimed 1952 stage play by late British playwright Terence Rattigan (The Winslow Boy). As you will surely note after watching the promo trailer, this film is also very much an “artsy” period tale about the tragic romance between a married woman and an alcoholic Royal Air Force (R.A.F.) pilot.
Oscar-winner Rachel Weisz stars in The Deep Blue Sea as Hester Collyer, the wife of a respected Judge (Simon Russell Beale) – who begins a destructive, yet passionate, affair with the previously-mentioned pilot: a younger man by the name of Freddie Page (Tom Hiddleston).
Hiddleston has really made a name for himself this year, between his turns as Loki in Thor and as F. Scott Fitzgerald in Woody Allen’s Midnight in Paris. He should continue doing so in the future, with a role in Steven Spielberg’s War Horse adaptation this winter – and by reprising his turn as Thor’s trickster sibling in Joss Whedon’s The Avengers next summer.
Weisz, by comparison, remains as popular (and beautiful) as ever – and, judging by the brief bit of footage in this trailer, doesn’t look to hurt her standing at all with The Deep Blue Sea.
Check out the trailer for The Deep Blue Sea below:
Director of photography Florian Hoffmeister (The Prisoner) looks to have done an excellent job with The Deep Blue Sea. Most of the footage in this theatrical preview is quite visually stunning, between the picturesque imagery of Weisz and her husband, parting ways on a bleak and blustery day - or the dreamy lighting of Weisz’ scenes with Hiddleston’s handsome pilot. That alone should be enough to pique the interests of moviegoers whose tastes tend to fall on the artsier side.
Other than that, though, this Deep Blue Sea promo is pretty underwhelming in design. Between the maudlin violin on the soundtrack and the assemblage of “Oscar clips” from the film, this definitely feels like one of those trailers that was so accurately mocked in Tropic Thunder. That doesn’t mean the actual film won’t be something memorable, of course.
The Deep Blue Sea opens in UK theaters on November 25th, 2011. We’ll keep an eye out and let you know when the film secures an official U.S. release date.
Source: Film4/Lipsync Productions