Based on the nonfiction bestseller of the same name by Diane Ackerman, Niki Caro's The Zookeeper's Wife is one of 2017's most anticipated films, even though many of us are just hearing about it for the first time today.
The film (which stars Jessica Chastain, Daniel Brühl, Johan Heldenbergh and Michael McElhatton) has one helluva pedigree, both in front of and behind the camera, and today Focus Features dropped the first trailer on us.
Let's take a look:
OK, so, I'm going to be painfully honest here: this looks like a very top-shelf, very important, very well-made, very prestige project ... one which I am almost certainly not going to camp out for when it opens next March. That's not a reflection of the movie's quality, of course; it just doesn't feel like it's in my wheelhouse. That said, I do love Chastain, and goddamn this movie looks beautifully-shot. Maybe I'll come around on it.
Here's the official synopsis, for those unfamiliar with the source material:
The real-life story of one working wife and mother who became a hero to hundreds during World War II. In 1939 Poland, Antonina Żabińska (portrayed by two-time Academy Award nominee Jessica Chastain) and her husband, Dr. Jan Żabiński (Johan Heldenbergh of The Broken Circle Breakdown), have the Warsaw Zoo flourishing under his stewardship and her care. When their country is invaded by the Nazis, Jan and Antonina are stunned – and forced to report to the Reich’s newly appointed chief zoologist, Lutz Heck (Daniel Brühl of Captain America: Civil War). To fight back on their own terms, Antonina and Jan covertly begin working with the Resistance – and put into action plans to save lives out of what has become the Warsaw Ghetto, with Antonina putting herself and even her children at great risk.
What do you guys think? You feeling this? Not so much? Bummed this isn't the next step in the We Bought A Zoo shared universe? Sound off in the comments below.