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WATCH: First Trailer for Noir Thriller ‘Motherless Brooklyn’ from Director and Star Edward Norton

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Warner Bros Pictures have released the first trailer for Edward Norton‘s film, “Motherless Brooklyn,” which was named the Closing Night selection for New York Film Festival. The film is an adaptation of Jonathan Lethem‘s best-selling novel of the same name. Norton stars and directs the film, which he also pens for the screen.

In an unusually bold adaptation, writer-director Edward Norton has transplanted the main character of Jonathan Lethem’s best-selling novel Motherless Brooklyn from modern Brooklyn into an entirely new, richly woven neo-noir narrative, re-set in 1950s New York. Emotionally shattered by a botched job, Lionel Essrog (Norton), a lonely private detective with Tourette syndrome, finds himself drawn into a multilayered conspiracy that expands to encompass the city’s ever-growing racial divide and the devious personal and political machinations of a Robert Moses–like master builder, played by Alec Baldwin.

Motherless Brooklyn is the kind of production Hollywood almost never makes anymore, and a complexly conceived, robust evocation of a bygone era of New York that speaks to our present moment.

Edward Norton (Photo by Glen Wilson)

Norton’s film will feature performances by Bruce Willis, Willem Dafoe, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Bobby Cannavale, Leslie Mann, and Cherry Jones. The modern noir film will also feature a haunting score by Daniel Pemberton, orchestration by Wynton Maralis and an original song by composer Thom Yorke (“Suspiria”) of Radiohead. Oscar nominated cinematographer Dick Pope (“The Illusionist,” “Mr. Turner”) is also attached to the film.

“Motherless Brooklyn” was named the Closing Night film selection for this year’s New York Film Festival in early August. It will have its New York premiere at Alice Tully Hall on Friday, October 11, 2019. The film will be released by Warner Bros. Pictures later this year. NYFF runs September 27-October 13.

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Written by Jessica Peña

Jessica Peña studied journalism at Volunteer State Community College before she began writing about film on a personal blog that sprouted from an electronic media course. She is now a film journalist for Awards Circuit, as well as a content editor and writer for the UK-based site JumpCut Online. She also loves the Child's Play/Chucky franchise with no end in sight.


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Joey Magidson

No idea what to make of this one, just yet.


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