Academy Award winning director Alejandro Amenábar (The Others) is returning to the thriller genre with Regression, and the second trailer for the upcoming film has just been released online – the video can be seen below.
The film follows the story of Bruce Kenner (Ethan Hawke), who investigates a case involving a young girl (Emma Watson) and the crimes of her father (David Dencik). Alejandro Amenábar, who previously worked with Javier Bardem in his Oscar-winning film The Sea Inside, is no stranger to making tense stories up to this point; on top of directing the 2001 film The Others, he wrote its screenplay, as well. And like almost the rest of his filmography, the director has written the script for Regression as well.
Starring in the lead roles, Ethan Hawke and Emma Watson are coming back to the big screens – both playing roles audiences may not be too used to seeing them in these days.
Along with marking another chapter in Ethan Hawke’s reigniting career, Regression marks another creative endeavor for Emma Watson, who’s been garnering a diverse range of roles since she debuted as Hermione Granger in the Harry Potter series. Like her work in The Perks of Being a Wallflower, the actress appears to be taking on a different accent again; one of the more interesting parts of this film will be how much improvement audiences see in Watson’s performance in a non-British role. Daniel Radcliffe, who starred alongside her as Harry Potter, has been diversifying his portfolio just as much through his lead roles in films such as The Woman in Black, Horns, and Kill Your Darlings. Speaking of Harry Potter, Emma Watson’s not the only one from the franchise set to appear in Regression, either; David Thewlis can be seen in the trailer, sounding exactly like Professor Lupin and still looking entirely different.
The trailer for the upcoming film debuts alongside a teaser poster highlighting Watson’s character; both are complementary in their desaturated horror-evoking imagery, and both put a focus on psychological themes, as well. Keeping a look consistent with recent crime stories like Prisoners and True Detective, Regression is poised to be another widely acclaimed entry by the Spanish director, and time will now tell whether the film lives up to the quality of its marketing.
Regression is set to be released on August 28, 2015. The film will be distributed by The Weinstein Company.
[Photo captured from the official trailer]