We mentioned South Korean director Chan-wook Park's second English-language project "Corsica 72" last week, but at the time of that post we still hadn't actually seen anything from his much-talked-about Hollywood debut "Stoker." What a difference a week can make!
A trailer for Park's dark drama debuted on Wednesday, and it doesn't disappoint. The unsettling tease for the film introduces viewers to the titular Stoker clan, still reeling from the death of the family patriarch. From the get-go, it's clear that young India Stoker (Mia Wasikowska) has a slightly strained relationship with her mother, played by Nicole Kidman (who appears to be at the top of her game). Enter India's mysterious Uncle Charlie (Matthew Goode), a man whose strange and sudden appearance obviously hides some sinister purpose.
Watch the trailer for "Stoker" below.
The "Oldboy" director's signature visual style is in full effect here, and he appears to have found some suitably creepy subject matter to work with. While it's somewhat doubtful that Park's North American debut will be as shocking as his previous Asian work (see: torture, incest, child murder), "Stoker" is looking pretty twisted by mainstream Hollywood standards. Park's films are definitely not for the faint of heart nor the weak-stomached, and with the director's disturbing track record, it's almost a guarantee that "Stoker" will push some uncomfortable boundaries.
Boundary pushing isn't exactly what you'd expect from the film's screenwriter, though. Actor Wentworth Miller (yes, star of TV's "Prison Break" Wentworth Miller) wrote the screenplay for "Stoker" under the pseudonym Ted Foulke. Miller has also written a prequel to the film, titled "Uncle Charlie," which is said to explore the back story of Goode's creepy character.
Miller told Collider a few years ago that while he was inspired by "Dracula" author Bram Stoker, the film is not a vampire movie. "It was never meant to be about vampires. But, it is a horror story," said Miller. "A stoker is one who stokes, which also ties in nicely with the narrative." In the same interview, the actor-turned-scripter also cited Alfred Hitchcock's 1943 familial thriller "Shadow of a Doubt" as an inspiration for the script.
The trailer for "Stoker" looks so impressive that we'll give the "Resident Evil: Afterlife" actor the benefit of the doubt for his first foray into screenwriting. Miller's horror script was obviously good enough to convince one of Asia's most renowned filmmakers to make it his English-language debut, so consider us stoked for "Stoker."
"Stoker" will be released on March 1, 2013.