Matthew McConaughey and Anne Hathaway reunite in the trailer for Steven Knight's thriller Serenity. Oscar-winners McConaughey and Hathaway first shared the screen with one another in Christopher Nolan's Interstellar, where the duo played astronauts on a mission to find a new home for humankind. Both A-listers have kept pretty busy in the four years since they went into space together, but nevertheless found the time to reunite on what promises to be a very different type of genre movie.
McConaughey stars in Serenity as John, a man with a mysterious past who now makes his living as a fishing boat captain on a small island in the Caribbean. Troubles comes knocking when John's ex-wife (Hathaway) shows up and asks him to murder her abusive husband in a way that will make it look like an accident. As John struggles to decide what he should do, he gradually comes to realize that his "fresh start" on life might not be what he thought it was.
Serenity was both written and directed by Steven Knight, whose previous credits include the TV series Peaky Blinders and Taboo (which he co-created) and the Tom Hardy drama Locke (which he also wrote and directed). Joining McConaughey and Hathaway as cast members in Serenity are such names as Jason Clarke (Dawn of the Planet of the Apes), Diane Lane (Justice League), Djimon Hounsou (King Arthur: Legend of the Sword), and Jeremy Strong (Succession). For more on what to expect form the film, take a look at the trailer in the space above.
The Serenity trailer starts off by setting up the film's premise and introducing its main players, along with their respective motivations. However, as things progress from there, it starts to become clear that there's more to this crime thriller than meets the eye. The trailer further drives that idea home with flashes of scenes that may or may not be what they appear, further raising questions about how much of this is real and how much might be something else altogether (e.g. a dream, John's delusion, and so forth).
Knight, for his part, is a rather prolific writer, yet his best efforts tend to be his original ventures like Serenity. He also has a knack for drawing strong performances from his (typically, A-grade) casts and Serenity appears to be no exception in that regard, with McConaughey in full-blown "McConaugh-loging" mode and Hathaway settling comfortably into her role as the (potential) femme fatale in the story. If nothing else, this Serenity trailer does its job in getting viewers curious to find out what the actual film is really about.
Serenity opens in U.S. theaters this fall on Friday, October 19.
Source: IM Global [via One Media]