Neon has released the first trailer for Shirley, its Sundance Film Festival pickup that stars Elisabeth Moss and Michael Stuhlbarg.
The Josephine Decker-directed thriller is set in the mid-1960s and centers on Rose (Odessa Young) and Fred (Logan Lerman), a couple that moves to a small Vermont college town in pursuit of a job for Fred as an assistant professor of literature. They receive an offer for free room and board from professor Stanley Hyman (Stuhlbarg), as long as Rose agrees to spend time cleaning up the home and looking after his wife, acclaimed horror author Shirley Jackson (Moss). The ensuing psycho-drama becomes the inspiration for Jackson’s next work.
Check out the trailer for Shirley below:
The trailer showcases the film that displays one of Moss’ most gloriously demented performances to date. Moss has already delivered one of the year’s best performances thanks to her work in The Invisible Man, which debuted in theaters and hit PVOD in March. An actress who feels like she can do no wrong, this movie, in particular, finds her playing in a narrative full of spiraling musical melodies and twisting cuts. Moss also produced the film alongside the likes of screenwriter Gubbins, Christine Vachon of Killer Films, and former HBO Entertainment president Sue Naegle.
Shirley marks director Josephine Decker’s return after earning raves for Madeline’s Madeline. And also finds Decker marking new collaborations with cinematographer Sturla Brandth Grøvlen (Rams, Victoria) and composer Tamar-kali (Mudbound). Sarah Gubbins penned the script for the film, based on Susan Scarf Merrell’s 2015 novel of the same name.
Neon acquired Shirley for a low-seven figures deal when the film premiered at the Sundance Film Festival, where it won the U.S. Dramatic Special Jury Award for Auteur Filmmaking in Park City. Neon is coming off a bit of a hot streak. The studio is still riding high after Parasite‘s awards-season run that ended with a historic Best Picture Oscar win.
Shirley hits VOD and digital on June 5.