Focus Features has released the first images from The Little Stranger, the highly anticipated new film from Oscar-nominated Frank and Room filmmaker Lenny Abrahamson. Written by Lucinda Coxon (The Danish Girl) and based on the novel of the same name by Sarah Waters, the film takes place during the summer of 1948 and revolves around a country doctor named Dr. Faraday (Domhnall Gleeson). He is called to a patient at Hundreds Hall, where his housemaid mother used to work, but when he encounters the home’s curious family, ominous occurrences soon follow.
Abrahamson is a versatile filmmaker, easily making the shift from the dark comedy of Frank to the contained drama of Room, so the prospect of him tackling a period thriller is mighty exciting. These debut images, via Fandango, look excellent, and Abrahamson tells the outlet that The Little Stranger doesn’t easily fit into the box of “supernatural thriller”:
“I don’t think the film we’ve made is quite like anything else I’ve seen. There are plenty of genre elements in the mix but it never lets you settle into a familiar thriller or horror pattern; it keeps interrupting the genre tropes. As a filmmaker, moving in and out of those patterns in order to do something rich, psychological, human, was the most exhilarating thing.”
Check out the Little Stranger movie images below. The film also stars Ruth Wilson, Will Poulter, and Charlotte Rampling. The Little Stranger opens in theaters on August 31st.
Here’s the official synopsis for The Little Stranger:
THE LITTLE STRANGER tells the story of Dr Faraday, the son of a housemaid, who has built a life of quiet respectability as a country doctor. During the long hot summer of 1948, he is called to a patient at Hundreds Hall, where his mother once worked. The Hall has been home to the Ayres family for more than two centuries. But it is now in decline and its inhabitants – mother, son and daughter – are haunted by something more ominous than a dying way of life. When he takes on his new patient, Faraday has no idea how closely, and how disturbingly, the family’s story is about to become entwined with his own.