Jean-Marc Vallee helped Matthew McConaughey and Jared Leto win Best Actor and Best Supporting Actor respectively two years ago for their work in Dallas Buyer’s Club. His follow-up, Wild earned Reese Witherspoon a nomination for Best Actress and Laura Dern a nomination for Best Supporting Actress. His next film is Demolition, which stars Jake Gyllenhaal and Naomi Watts. Today we got our first glimpse of this new film via the following trailer.
Although the film hasn’t yet been screened, critics and fans of Vallee are understandably excited. Vallee seems to bring out the best in his actors, and both Gyllenhaal and Watts have shown some commendable talent in the past. It will be interesting to see if the film will be shown at TIFF 2015 in order to qualify for this year’s Oscars. Since the trailer is hitting now and the film is not scheduled to release in theaters until Spring 2016, this may very well be the case. Keep your eyes open for this one, it could definately turn some heads.
Here’s the official synopsis:
Davis (Jake Gyllenhaal), a successful investment banker, struggles after losing his wife in a tragic car crash. Despite pressure from his father in law Phil (Chris Cooper) to pull it together, Davis continues to unravel. What starts as a complaint letter to a vending machine company turns into a series of letters revealing startling personal admissions. Davis’ letters catch the attention of customer service rep Karen (Naomi Watts) and, amidst emotional and financial burdens of her own, the two form an unlikely connection. With the help of Karen and her son Chris (Judah Lewis), Davis starts to rebuild, beginning with the demolition of the life he once knew.