Alicia Vikander amd Riley Keough star together in Netflix’s new thriller, Earthquake Bird, and a trailer gives us a first look at them in action.
The psychological i set in 1989 Tokyo and follows Lucy Fly (Alicia Vikander), an enigmatic expat haunted by a painful past, who enters into an intense relationship with Teiji (Naoki Kobayashi), a handsome yet similarly troubled local photographer. Lucy’s imperturbable exterior begins to crack when a naive newcomer, Lily Bridges (Riley Keough), becomes entangled in their lives and ends up missing – suspected dead.
Directed Wash Westmoreland (Colette, Still Alice), Earthquake Bird premieres this week at the London Film Festival, before going on to stream worldwide on Netflix from 18th October. Here’s the trailer:
Alicia Vikander, Riley Keough to star in The Earthquake Bird
23rd March 2019
Alicia Vikander and Riley Keough are teaming up to star in The Earthquake Bird.
Based on the book by Susanna Jones, the noir thriller follows two women who fall in love with the same man, which leads to dangerous consequences. The story is set in Tokyo in the early 1990s.
It is being adapted for the screen by Wash Westmoreland, who wrote and directed Still Alice with the late Richard Glatzer, which went on to win a Best Actress Oscar for Julianne Moore. He was originally doing so for Amazon Studios, but the project has now moved to Netflix, with Scott Free’s Kevin Walsh and Michael Pruss producing, alongside Ann Ruark and Twenty First City’s Georgina Pope. Ridley Scott is on exec-producing duties.
The move marks something of a coup for the streaming giant, with Vikander’s breakthrough role in A Royal Affair powering her through to most recently starring as Lara Croft in the new Tomb Raider reboot; while Keough is coming off the back of equally starmaking turns in American Honey, The Girlfriend Experience’s first season and Logan Lucky. The novel, meanwhile, is already critically acclaimed, winning the John Llewellyn Rhys Prize and the Crime Writers’ Association New Blood Dagger Award.
Production on The Earthquake Bird will begin in Tokyo and Sado Island this May.
Still Alice director to adapt The Earthquake Bird for Amazon
5th August 2016
Still Alice co-director Wash Westmoreland is adapting The Earthquake Bird for Amazon.
Westmoreland wrote and directed the Alzheimer’s drama with the late Richard Glatzer, which went on to win a Best Actress Oscar for Julianne Moore.
Now, Westmoreland will be turning his hand to another female-driven tale, reports Deadline. Based on the book by Susanna Jones, the noir thriller follows two women who fall in love with the same man, which leads to dangerous consequences. The story is set in Tokyo in the early 1990s.
The project marks the continued expansion of Amazon Studios’ original content arm, which has moved on from acquiring rights to indie films at Sundance and other festivals to fully financing and distributing its own productions. How exactly it will distribute the film, and whether it will be released in the UK by Amazon for its Prime Video service, is not yet clear – its original acquisitions to date have solely been for US streaming, so it has not yet distributed a feature worldwide online.
The film also marks a reunion between Amazon and Ridiey Scott’s Scott Free production company, which is behind Amazon’s most ambitious TV show to date, The Man in the High Castle. Scott will Exec Produce the film, with Scott Free’s Michael Schaefer and Michael Pruss producing, alongside Ann Ruark and Twenty First City’s Georgina Pope.
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