Long pegged as a likely awards contender, Tim Burton’s Big Eyes sees the director making his first live-action film without Johnny Depp in over a decade.
Christoph Waltz and Amy Adams take the lead as Walter and Margaret Keane, and now The Weinstein Company has launched the first trailer, giving the first good look at what could well go on to become Best Actor and Best Actress nominations early next year.
Walter Keane became a household name in the 1950s, when his oddly emotional and best-selling paintings of big-eyed children made him a coveted TV talk show guest. But was the art really his? His wife Margaret claims that Walter’s only contributions to the work were his signatures, and the Keanes’ subsequent legal battle will destroy their marriage and lead to a jaw-dropping court showdown that will prove once and for all who the real artist is.
The impressive ensemble is completed nicely by Krysten Ritter, Jason Schwarztman, Terence Stamp, Danny Huston, and James Saito.
Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski (Ed Wood) are reuniting with Burton, penning the screenplay, with Bob and Harvey Weinstein both executive producers on the project.
Big Eyes is set to be released in the US on December 25th this year, in the height of the awards race. No word yet on a UK release date, but expect this one to land either on Boxing Day or at the start of next year, with a possible debut at the BFI London Film Festival in October.