The trailer has arrived for Neil Jordan's dramatic thriller, Greta. Jordan, of course, is the Oscar-winning storyteller behind subversive thrillers like The Company of Wolves, The Crying Game, Interview with the Vampire, and Byzantium. Many of his films have a supernatural horror element (as these titles illustrate), though that's definitely not always the case with Jordan's work. Still, be they supernatural or not, the characters in his movies are known for having their share of secrets - and that's clearly the case in Greta, too.
Written by Jordan and Ray Wright (The Crazies), Greta stars Chloë Grace Moretz as Frances, a young woman who becomes friends with Greta (Isabelle Huppert) - an eccentric French piano teacher and lonely widow - after finding and returning her lost handbag. Frances, who is still dealing with a loss of her own, quickly grows closer to Greta... only to realize her new companion is not at all what she seems, as the trailer reveals.
Focus Features has released the trailer for Greta online, as you can see below. The film also stars Maika Monroe (It Follows), Colm Feore (House of Cards), and Zawe Ashton (Case Histories), in addition to Parker Sawyers (Southside with You), and Jordan's frequent onscreen collaborator Stephen Rea.
Greta, which is the first movie Jordan's directed since Byzantium in 2012, premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival earlier this year. The film has gotten mixed to positive reactions from critics so far, with Huppert being singled out as one of the highlights in what otherwise sounds like a schlocky and somewhat underdeveloped psycho-thriller with high-brow aspirations. Its trailer further hints at Greta's dark secrets and what appears to be a deliciously over the top (and decidedly campy) villainous turn by Huppert as the titular character.
At the moment, Greta is set to hit theaters on March 1, 2019. Competition is pretty light that weekend, with Tyler Perry's A Madea Family Funeral being the only new wide release (assuming Lionsgate's Chaos Walking winds up delayed from that date, as expected at this stage). Based on the trailer and word of mouth, Greta isn't a must-see for fans of Jordan's previous thrillers, but it could be worth checking out for Huppert's performance alone. There won't be a whole lot of arthouse movie options to choose from that weekend either, so something like Greta could provide a welcome (if silly) change of pace from next year's early mainstream releases.
Source: Focus Features