‘Mank’ First Trailer: Netflix Unveils David Fincher’s Long-Awaited Return to Film
The long wait for new David Fincher footage is over thanks to Netflix's premiere of the first trailer for "Mank", the director's first feature film since "Gone Girl" opened in 2014. Along with Aaron Sorkin's "The Trial of the Chicago 7" and Ron Howard's "Hillbilly Elegy", Fincher's "Mank" is one of the streaming giant's best Oscar prospects this year. "Mank" will hit theaters before streaming in early December.
"Mank" has been a longstanding passion project for Fincher, as his father Jack wrote the script before he passed away in April 2003. The story centers on Herman J. Mankiewicz, the Oscar-winning Citizen Kane as he overcomes personal and professional struggles to finalize the script for Orson Welles' iconic drama. The Outbreak of "The Souvenior" Tom Burke plays Welles The cast also includes Amanda Seyfried as Marion Davies, Charles Dance as William Randolph Hearst, Tom Pelphrey as Joseph L. Mankiewicz, and Lily Collins as Mank's secretary Rita Alexander.
Netflix's synopsis for "Mank" reads: "1930s Hollywood is re-evaluated through the eyes of the devastating social critic and alcoholic screenwriter Herman J. Mankiewicz as he finalizes Citizen Kane's script for Orson Welles."
As usual, Fincher has put together an all-star craft team to bring "Mank" to life. Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross, longtime composers and Oscar-winning director for The Social Network, provide the original score for the film. Reznor and Ross only relied on instruments that were available at the time, which means fans shouldn't expect a synth-oriented score. The film is being shot by cameraman Erik Messerschmidt, who first worked with Fincher as a gaffer on “Gone Girl” before serving as DP in several episodes of “Mindhunter”, season 2. "Mank" is shot in black and white to look like a film from the 1930s.
"It's so damn good," Fincher's Social Network screenwriter Aaron Sorkin recently enthused about Mank. "Written by [Fincher's] father, who is a brilliant screenwriter. But David did a great job of directing this film. It's breathtaking even by David Fincher standards. Gary Oldman is an amazing performance, Lily Collins and Amanda Seyfried as Marion Davies."
Netflix will be streaming "Mank" on December 4th. A limited theatrical release is planned for November. Check out the first official trailer for the drama in the video below. An expanded version of the teaser will be played exclusively on Reddit for a limited time (from the 30-minute mark).
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