Things have finally started to turn around for director Karyn Kusama. Her 2008 film Jennifer’s Body has become a cult classic. The troubled production of Aeon Flux that wrongfully haunted her career has all but faded into oblivion. Her 2015 film The Invitation was an acclaimed cult hit. And she flexed her filmmaking muscle in the anthology horror film XX. Now Kusama is poised to break out with her biggest movie yet, a film that has garnered awards buzz on the festival circuit and may just be the film that places her among the upper echelon of filmmakers working today, Destroyer starring Nicole Kidman. The first trailer for the crime drama to be released on December 25, 2018 from Annapurna Pictures sets the stage for one of the year’s most anticipated movies.
Kidman stars as LAPD detective Erin Bell, whose life was thrown into upheaval after an undercover assignment goes wrong. Years later, the leader of the gang that she once infiltrated reemerges, so Erin must go back into the shadows of civilized society and confront the pain of the past caused by the one assignment gone wrong. Co-starring alongside Nicole Kidman are Sebastian Stan, Toby Kebbell, Tatiana Maslany, Bradley Whitford, Jade Pettyjohn, and Scoot McNairy.
The buzz surrounding Kidman’s performance in Destroyer has the Oscar-winning actress poised for another nomination for her dark and gritty turn as the emotionally wounded police detective. Many of the shots from the trailer show Kidman having undergone a transformative process for this role, sometimes looking unrecognizable. Karyn Kusama’s varied talents will be on display, as her film looks to be a masterful blend of suspense, action, and harrowing emotional drama, when Destroyer is unleashed on an unsuspecting public this Christmas from Annapurna Pictures.
The official synopsis for Destroyer:
Destroyer follows the moral and existential odyssey of LAPD detective Erin Bell who, as a young cop, was placed undercover with a gang in the California desert with tragic results. When the leader of that gang re-emerges many years later, she must work her way back through the remaining members and into her own history with them to finally reckon with the demons that destroyed her past.