The teaser trailer has arrived for the upcoming biopic Professor Marston and the Wonder Women. Luke Evans (Dracula Untold) stars in the film as the creator of the Wonder Woman comic book character, Dr. William Moulton Marston; with Rebecca Hall (Iron Man 3) costarring as Dr. Marston's wife, Elizabeth Holloway Marston, and Bella Heathcote (Fifty Shades Darker) playing Olivia Byrne, Mr. and Mrs. Marston's longtime partner. As these details alone illustrate, there's very much a story worth telling behind the creation of Diana, Princess of Themyscira.
With director Patty Jenkins' Wonder Woman having opened in theaters this past weekend to stellar reviews and a strong box office turnout (see the DC Extended Universe film's $200 + million global box office opening), the time was perfect for Annapurna Pictures to start beating the drum for its impending Wonder Woman creator biopic. An official teaser for Professor Marston and the Wonder Women is currently screening with select prints of Wonder Woman in theaters as a result, in addition to being online for everyone to watch (see the video above).
Annapurna's Professor Marston teaser is very short and is composed of little more than dialogue over a black screen, save for the brief bit of footage at the end. That same teaser dialogue is featured as part of the Professor Marston teaser site that went live late last week, complete with a comic book version of the film's scene from which said dialogue - a terse conversation between Dr. Marston and two other characters, including Connie Britton (Nashville) as Marston's superior - is partially lifted. You can check out said scene in graphic novel form, below:
Professor Marston and the Wonder Woman was written and directed by Angela Robinson, an accomplished filmmaker who is no stranger to stories that deal with LGBTQI issues and relationships; having previously helmed both the original short and feature-length action/comedy film D.E.B.S., in addition to having directed several episodes of the Showtime touchstone TV show The L Word. The story behind Professor Marston - both the sociopolitical controversy that surrounded the creation of the Wonder Woman character and the relationships with two of the most important women (as well as their relationships with one another) in his life that heavily influenced Dr. Marston - makes for ripe subject matter and is very much in Robinson's wheelhouse, as a storyteller.
Although Professor Marston has yet to get an official theatrical release date (something that should change very soon), it only makes sense for Annapurna to release the biopic in theaters this year, in the wake of Wonder Woman making her solo movie debut on the big screen. The Megan Ellison-backed Annapurna is already well-revered for promoting a diverse array of filmmaking voices and this year alone, the studio will release multiple noteworthy movies directed by women (see Ana Lily Amirpour's The Bad Batch and Kathryn Bigelow's Detroit), in addition to Robinson's biopic. That is to say, Professor Marston is in good hands on all fronts.
We will let you know when Professor Marston and the Wonder Women lands an official release date.
Source: Annapurna Pictures