Amy Adams and Jake Gyllenhaal May Team Up for “Nocturnal Animals”

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by Justin Cook

Six years after his directorial debut A Single Man, Tom Ford is set to direct Nocturnal Animals, a film based on the book Tony and Susan written by Austin Wright.

A recent report from Variety suggests that two of the biggest stars in Hollywood, Jake Gyllenhaal and Amy Adams, are now in talks to join the cast of the film.

Both actors have expressed a great interest in the script, although no deals have been made yet.

George Clooney and Grant Heslov, Smokehouse Picture partners who have worked on such films as Argo, The Monuments Men, The Ides of March, The American and the upcoming Our Brand is Crisis, will be producing Nocturnal Animals. 

Ford will also pen the script for the project, which may end up being release by Sony Pictures, as Smokehouse has a first-look deal with the studio.

The synopsis of the novel that Nocturnal Animals is based off of can be found below:

“Fifteen years ago, Susan Morrow left her first husband Edward Sheffield, an unpublished writer. Now, she’s enduring middle class suburbia as a doctor’s wife, when out of the blue she receives a package containing the manuscript of her ex-husband’s first novel. He writes asking her to read the book; she was always his best critic, he says.

As Susan reads, she is drawn into the fictional life of Tony Hastings, a math professor driving his family to their summer house in Maine. And as we read with her, we too become lost in Sheffield’s thriller. As the Hastings’ ordinary, civilized lives are disastrously, violently sent off course, Susan is plunged back into the past, forced to confront the darkness that inhabits her, and driven to name the fear that gnaws at her future and will change her life.”

Other actors including Joaquin Phoenix and Aaron Taylor-Johnson are also being looked at for roles in the film.

Source: Variety 

Plot Summary Source: Amazon

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