STX Entertainment has released the first The Gift trailer for writer/director Joel Edgerton’s upcoming feature directorial debut. Produced by Jason Blum, the psychological thriller revolves around young married couple, Simon (Jason Bateman) and Robyn (Rebecca Hall), whose chance encounter with an acquaintance from Simon’s high school digs up secrets from the past. The premise is fairly well-worn territory, but Edgerton looks to have put an interesting spin on the story with a swell acting trio to boot. He’s certainly got the “creepy oddball” thing down, and I’m curious to see how Bateman fares in the horror-thriller genre.
This is Edgerton’s first feature as a director after having helmed a couple of short films, so The Gift could be a sign of things to come from the multitalented Australian.
Watch the first The Gift trailer below. The film opens in theaters on July 31st.
Here’s the official synopsis for The Gift:
Can you really go through life having never wronged anyone? Even if you are unaware of how, or when, and even who you may have wronged….chances are there is someone out there who won’t ever forget it…or you.
Simon (Jason Bateman) and Robyn (Rebecca Hall) are a young married couple whose life is going just as planned until a chance encounter with an acquaintance from Simon’s high school sends their world into a harrowing tailspin. Simon doesn’t recognize Gordo (Joel Edgerton) at first, but after a seemingly coincidental series of encounters proves troubling, a horrifying secret from their past is uncovered after nearly 20 years. As Robyn learns the unsettling truth about what happened between Simon and Gordo, she starts to question: how well do we really know the people closest to us, and are past bygones ever really bygones?