The Hollywood Reporter says Gyllenhaal is attached to star, and that Adams is currently in talks. There’s also talk of Joaquin Phoenix and Aaron Taylor-Johnson (who played John Lennon in “Nowhere boy” and is married to “Fifty Shades” director Sam Taylor-Johnson) potentially being chased for roles.
Gyllenhaal has just finished his Broadway stint in “Constellations” and has Antoine Fuqua’s gritty boxing drama “Southpaw” coming this year along with Jean-Marc Vallee’s “Demolition.” Adams will also be working with the busy Vallee on “The Story of Your Life” and reprises her role as Lois Lane in Zack Snyder’s “Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice,” which is in post-production.
Based on Austin Wright’s 1993 book “Tony and Susan,” “Nocturnal Animals” is about a woman, Susan, whose ex-husband sends her a book manuscript containing two stories: the title tale “Nocturnal Animals” about a man whose family vacation takes fatal turns, and the story of Susan as she recollects her first marriage and confronts her spiritual demons.
“Nocturnal Animals” has yet to be locked down at a studio but Smokehouse has a first-look deal with Sony. Tom Ford hopes to shoot in the Fall and has stated he will only need about six weeks to wrap the project.