Things get Weird for Matthew McConaughey & Anne Hathaway in Serenity Trailer

The last time Matthew McConaughey and Anne Hathaway shared a screen together, they were piercing the deepest reaches of space in Christopher Nolan’s mind-and-time-bending InterstellarThe duo is back in Steven Knight‘s thriller Serenity, which focuses on the mysterious past of a fishing boat captain Baker Dill (McConaughey) coming back to haunt him in the form of his ex-wife Karen (Hathaway), who needs his help in the worst way. The first trailer reveals a wild, almost Shutter Island-like story of isolated madness, only where Scorsese’s film was set on a rain-lashed rock that was home to an asylum, Serenity takes place in the tropics, yet the place feels no less cursed or surreal.

Knight is a talented storyteller, the creator of the sensational series Peaky Blinders as well as the fantastic, claustrophobic 2013 film Locke. Here, he’s working with a great cast and a wide-open setting and seems to be going for broke with a story that could go in a ton of weird directions. Is the island purgatory? Some kind of cruel social experiment? It’s got a touch of Twin Peaks and Lost if you’re looking for a few more parallels.

Joining McConaughey and Hathaway are Jason Clarke, Djimon Hounsou, Jeremy Strong, and Diane Lane. Serenity opens in theaters on January 25, 2019.

Here’s the official synopsis for Serenity:

From the creative mind of Oscar nominee Steven Knight comes a daringly original, sexy, stylized thriller. Baker Dill (Academy Award winner Matthew McConaughey) is a fishing boat captain leading tours off a tranquil, tropical enclave called Plymouth Island. His quiet life is shattered, however, when his ex-wife Karen (Academy Award winner Anne Hathaway) tracks him down with a desperate plea for help. She begs Dill to save her – and their young son – from her new, violent husband (Jason Clarke) by taking him out to sea on a fishing excursion, only to throw him to the sharks and leave him for dead. Karen’s appearance thrusts Dill back into a life he’d tried to forget, and as he struggles between right and wrong, his world is plunged into a new reality that may not be all that it seems.

Featured image: The film stars Matthew McConaughey as a fishing boat captain whose quiet life is shattered when his ex-wife, played by Anne Hathaway, tracks him down with a desperate plea for help. Courtesy Aviron Pictures.


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