ByKristin Lai, writer at Creators.co
MP Staff Writer, cinephile and resident Slytherclaw // UCLA Alumna // Follow me on Twitter: kristin_lai
Kristin Lai

In the last few years, adaptations of dark and sexy thrillers, always a reliable starting point for movies, have gained momentum in Hollywood. From David Fincher's Academy Award-nominated Gone Girl to Tate Taylor's upcoming drama The Girl on the Train, we can't get enough of these psychological mysteries.

The newest addition to this list is the adaptation of Austin Wright's 1993 novel 'Tony and Susan,' now titled Nocturnal Animals. Tom Ford (A Single Man) directs, with Amy Adams, Jake Gyllenhaal, and Michael Shannon starring. Thanks to those details and the first trailer, #NocturnalAnimals has solidified its position on our "must watch" list.

Focus Features released this teaser trailer for the film. Check out the first look at Nocturnal Animals below:

In only two minutes, this twisted trailer offers us a lot of intense footage and leaves me desperately wanting to know more. Since there's so much going on there, let's break down this first look and see what we can take away.

Amy Adams As Susan Morrow

Nocturnal Animals / Focus Features
Nocturnal Animals / Focus Features

Amy Adams plays the main character, Susan Morrow, who feels threatened by the ex-husband Edward (Gyllenhall) she wronged after he dedicates his violent book to her.

A Telling Flashback?

Nocturnal Animals / Focus Features
Nocturnal Animals / Focus Features

In the same vein as Lou Bloom in Nightcrawler, Jake Gyllenhall appears to be channeling his inner creep to play Edward Sheffield — or is he actually Tony Hastings?

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"My Ex-Husband Used To Call Me A Nocturnal Animal"

Nocturnal Animals / Focus Features
Nocturnal Animals / Focus Features

According to THR, the book is "a harrowing story of a husband and father named Tony whose wife and daughter are abducted by a group of West Texas thugs."

Tom Ford's Latest Work Of Art

Nocturnal Animals / Focus Features
Nocturnal Animals / Focus Features

Let's take a second to appreciate the gorgeous cinematography included in the trailer. As a fashion mogul, it only makes sense that Tom Ford's movies would be visually stunning.

"It's A Question Of How Serious You Are About Seeking Justice"

Nocturnal Animals / Focus Features
Nocturnal Animals / Focus Features

As much as we're led to believe Edward is attempting to seek revenge against Susan, he seems easily startled by the gunshot from Detective Bobby Andes (Michael Shannon).

Serving Up Just Desserts

Nocturnal Animals / Focus Features
Nocturnal Animals / Focus Features

I am completely mystified by this sequence of events, but one thing is made abundantly clear: Ray Marcus (Aaron Taylor-Johnson) loves to kill. It looks like maybe Edward commissions him to kill Susan, but the scenes hinting such could always be a red herring.

This trailer keeps the air of mystery alive, so unless you read the novel Nocturnal Animals will pack a myriad of twists and turns — and I can't wait to see it.

  • Cast: Amy Adams, Jake Gyllenhaal, Michael Shannon, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Isla Fisher, Karl Glusman, Armie Hammer, Laura Linney, Andrea Riseborough, Michael Sheen
  • Directed By: Tom Ford
  • Written By: Tom Ford, based on the novel Tony and Susan by Austin Wright
  • Distributor: Focus Features
  • MPAA Rating: R

Nocturnal Animals will be released in theaters on November 18, 2016.

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[Source: THR]