At long last, we have our first look at Oldboy director Park Chan-wook’s first English-language project Stoker. Seriously, stop whatever you’re doing and watch this trailer now.
It’s clear that Chan-wook hasn’t lost any of his flare for filmmaking in his transition from South Korea to Hollywood. Stoker looks and feels fantastic, although we’ll have to wait to find out if the movie’s story stands up to this promise. Mia Wasikowska and Nicole Kidman look like they’re in top form in this trailer, and we hope Kidman has a more consistent presence in the full film than she does in this tease. The opening moments shared between her and Wasikowska’s character India promise some dark issues to come, and we have a feeling India is much more than meets the eye.
For his part, Matthew Goode holds his own as the mysterious Uncle Charlie. We’ve heard over and over that Stoker isn’t a vampire movie, but we see the makings of it here. What does Charlie mean when he says India is of age? Just how is he murdering that woman in the telephone booth? And what is his ultimate end game? We’re glad that we have more questions than answers at this point in time.
During a conversation with Collider at Comic-Con International in 2010, screenwriter (and Prison Break star) Wentworth Miller sought to describe Stoker for the uninitiated. He also said that he had written a prequel for Stoker called Uncle Charlie
“It’s a horror film, a family drama and a psychological thriller, all wrapped up in one. The jumping off point is actually Hitchcock’s Shadow of a Doubt. So, that’s where we begin, and then we take it in a very, very different direction,” he said, adding that the title references Bram Stoker. “I chose the name because it came front-loaded with obvious gothic connotations. It’s not about vampires. It was never meant to be about vampires. But, it is a horror story. A stoker is one who stokes, which also ties in nicely with the narrative.”
Stoker stars Nicole Kidman, Mia Wasikowska, Matthew Goode, Lucas Till and Jackie Weaver. The film follows the story of India (Wasikowska) after her father’s death in a car accident. Her Uncle Charle (Goode), a mysterious man who she never knew existed, comes to live with her and her mother (Kidman). Though it becomes clear that he has ulterior motives, India finds herself increasingly attracted to him instead of being scared away. Stoker is due in theaters on March 1.
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