Two-thousand-and-eighteen is shaping up to be quite a year for crime drama. Not only have we had some returning big hitters like Spiral and the imminent The Bridge, the new stuff has been pretty impressive, too. The next really big one to look out for is an adaptation of Gillian Flynn’s Sharp Objects – the excellent novel the preceded her break-out hit, Gone Girl. Now there’s a trailer – the first – that not only sets the scene but also reveals the month of transmission.
The novel is well worth a read, but here’s the synopsis:
Fresh from a brief stay at a psychiatric hospital, journalist Camille Preaker faces a troubling assignment: she must return to her tiny hometown to cover the murders of two preteen girls. For years, Camille has hardly spoken to her neurotic, hypochondriac mother or to the half-sister she barely knows: a beautiful 13-year-old with an eerie grip on the town. Now installed in her old bedroom in her family’s Victorian mansion, Camille finds herself identifying with the young victims – a bit too strongly. Dogged by her own demons, she must unravel the psychological puzzle of her own past if she wants to get the story, and survive this homecoming.
Oscar-winner Amy Adams takes on the lead role, and the rest of the cast includes the likes of Patricia Clarkson and Elizabeth Perkins. It’s also directed by the same person – Jean-Marc Vallée – who directed HBO’s other big, starry crime drama hit from last year, Big Little Lies.
It’ll be out in July (and no doubt air on Sky Atlantic in the UK), but in the meantime here’s the trailer: