Thursday, November 15, 2012
Written by Wentworth Miller (yes, the Prison Break guy) and starring Mia Wasikowska, Nicole Kidman and Matthew Goode, everything we’ve seen of Stoker thus far looks incredible. Dark, creepy and atmospheric, the plot concerns a family torn apart when Nicole Kidman’s husband dies in a car accident, only for his mysterious brother to turn up and begin drawing Kidman to him and – more significantly – her daughter, as played by Mia Wasikowska. While the promo material has kept its cards close to its chest, it’s a fair bet that there’s more to Matthew Goode’s Uncle Charlie than meets the eye… Chan-wook Park is a great director, and it looks like the switch to the English language hasn’t tempered his creative flair (just witness that gorgeous transition from hair to grass in the trailer), and with a classy cast and what seems to be an effectively dark supernatural psych-drama of a plot from Miller, Stoker looks like it might be something of a surprise package come March 1st 2013, when it’s released.
Wentworth Miller wrote the screenplay for Stoker, as well as a prequel, Uncle Charlie. He used the pseudonym Ted Foulke, later explaining "I just wanted the scripts to sink or swim on their own." Miller's script was voted to the 2010 "Black List" of the 10 best unproduced screenplays making the rounds in Hollywood. Miller described it as a "horror film, a family drama and a psychological thriller." Although influenced by Bram Stoker's Dracula, Miller clarified that Stoker was "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." Hitchcock's Shadow of a Doubt also influenced the film. Miller said: "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."
The Trailer Here.