Netflix is developing quite the line in unsettling thrillers, and soon there will be a new one joining the likes of The Perfection and Velvet Buzzsaw. Wash Westmoreland (Still Alice, Colette) directs Alicia Vikander in her first feature since her not-altogether-well-received outing in 2018’s Tomb Raider.
Vikander is joined by Riley Keough, Naoki Kobayashi and Jack Huston, and we’re getting some serious Lost In Translation vibes… if Bill Murray ended up ‘vanishing’ Scarlett Johansson’s husband and then leading the Japanese authorities in a merry chase, that is.
The film centres on Lucy (Vikander), a woman freshly arrived in Tokyo in 1989. Things seem to be going well, and she quickly makes an enthusiastic new friend, Lily (Keogh), and bags hot photographer boyfriend Teiji (Kobayashi). But because this is a thriller, things go sidewise when they become entangled in a tense love triangle, and when Lily turns up missing, Lucy becomes the prime suspect in her disappearance.
Based on Susanna Jones’ award-winning debut novel of the same name, Ridley Scott served as executive producer on the movie through his company, Scott Free Productions.
Interestingly, this will be the latest Netflix movie to be released in cinemas before it arrives on the streaming service. Having previously saved that treatment for heavy-hitters like awards darling Roma, ten Netflix movies have been announced to be coming to the big screen in the US in late 2019 (at least some of which are likely to hit UK cinemas too). These include the Timothée Chalamet-starring historical movie The King and Martin Scorsese’s The Irishman – the latter of which needs a cinema release if it wants to be in with a chance of scoring some sweet sweet awards attention.
Vikander will be back in Tomb Raider 2 in 2021, directed by none other than Ben Wheatley.
Earthquake Bird will premiere at the BFI London Film Festival this week. It will be released in cinemas on 1 November and on Netflix on 15 November.