Adam Driver investigates the CIA's post-9/11 Detention and Interrogation Program in the trailer for Scott Z. Burns' The Report. The upcoming dramatic thriller has been generating serious buzz since its bow at this year's Sundance Film Festival, where it earned strong reviews and drew comparisons to similar true story-based investigation films like Spotlight. Amazon Studios wasted little time acquiring the distribution rights after that, and will release it theatrically in mid-November (prior to making The Report available to watch via Prime Video two weeks later).
Burns, who's best known for writing Steven Soderbergh projects like The Informant! and Contagion, wrote and directed The Report, with Driver leading a cast that includes Annette Bening, Jon Hamm, Jennifer Morrison, and Tim Blake Nelson. It's one of two upcoming Oscar hopefuls written by Burns, along with Soderbergh and Netflix's own true story-inspired investigative drama, The Laundromat. With around three months to go before The Report hits theaters, its marketing is getting up and going this week.
The trailer for The Report is now online, and is expected to begin screening in theaters over the forthcoming weeks. You can check it out in the space below, followed by the film's newly-released teaser poster.
Driver stars in The Report as U.S. Senate staffer Daniel Jones, who's assigned to investigate accusations of torture against the CIA by California senator Dianne Feinstein (Bening). The trailer does a nice job covering the broader strokes of the film's plot and teasing the resistance Jones encounters as his investigation reveals the truth about the CIA's post-9/11 interrogation tactics (which infamously included torture methods like waterboarding) from powerful individuals like Denis McDonough (Hamm), who was White House Chief of Staff to President Barack Obama at the time. It also establishes the movie's tense mood and larger themes about the importance of accountability and how facts are presented to the public (especially when powerful forces conspire to distort the truth to serve their purposes).
Between The Report, his role in Noah Baumbach's Marriage Story, and his return as Kylo Ren in Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, the next four months is shaping up to be a rewarding one for Driver. The actor landed his first acting Oscar nomination for Spike Lee's BlacKkKlansman this year and could easily wind up landing his second nod (for a leading role, this time) at the Academy's 2020 ceremony. Burns has yet to land an Oscar nomination himself, but could end up walking away with multiple nods (and maybe more) in the near future, thanks to The Report and The Laundromat. The former feels especially timely in the current political climate, so hopefully it won't get lost in the bustle when November rolls around.
Source: Amazon Studios
- The Report (2019) release date: Nov 15, 2019