He’s got two Oscars on his mantle, so how about a third? Christoph Waltz will have his shot this Christmas with Tim Burton‘s “Big Eyes,” and the first trailer for this oddball, art world legal drama is here.
The actor co-stars with Amy Adams (herself a five time Oscar nominee) in a story about Walter and Margaret Keane, two darlings of the art scene of the 1950s whose marriage and partnership disintegrated when the latter accused the former of taking the credit for her work. The matter went to court, with the two compelled to paint in real time to prove once and for all who deserved recognition as such. Here’s the official synopsis:
Directed and produced by Tim Burton, BIG EYES is based on the true story of Walter Keane (Christoph Waltz), who was one of the most successful painters of the 1950s and early 1960s. The artist earned staggering notoriety by revolutionizing the commercialization and accessibility of popular art with his enigmatic paintings of waifs with big eyes. The truth would eventually be discovered though: Keane’s art was actually not created by him at all, but by his wife, Margaret (Amy Adams). The Keanes, it seemed, had been living a lie that had grown to gigantic proportions. BIG EYES centers on Margaret’s awakening as an artist, the phenomenal success of her paintings, and her tumultuous relationship with her husband, who was catapulted to international fame while taking credit for her work.
“I admire Walter Keane for his marketing. For being able to sustain that scam for so long and how he managed to climb the ladder from literally the bottom. I am not completely against him at all,” Waltz told USA Today about his character. “She was part of it. She knew, that changes everything.”
The first trailer for the movie is below. “Big Eyes” opens on Christmas Day.