Last year, Todd Haynes’ “Carol,” based on Patricia Highsmith’s 1952 novel “The Price of Salt,” wracked up critical and commercial acclaim, making it another in a long line of Highsmith adaptations that have won over critics and audiences. Now, a new Highsmith adaptation “A Kind of Murder,” based on her 1954 novel “The Blunderer,” will be released next week. The film stars Patrick Wilson as Walter Stackhouse, a successful architect married to the beautiful Clara (Jessica Biel) in 1960s New York. Stuck in an unhappy marriage, Stackhouse becomes obsessed with an unsolved murder of a rare bookstore owner (Eddie Marsen) as a distraction, but when Clara goes missing after discovering his affair, he becomes the prime suspect and must evade a clever killer and an overambitious detective. Watch an exclusive clip from the film below.
The film is directed by Andrew Goddard, who previously directed the feature. “Set Fire to the Stairs,” which follows poets John M. Brinning (Elijah Wood) and Dylan Thomas (Celyn Jones) on a week-long retreat. He is also known for directing multiple episodes of the British TV shows “Downton Abbey” and “Torchwood.”
“A Kind of Murder” premiered at this year’s Tribeca Film Festival. It will be released in select theaters and on VOD on December 16 from Magnolia Pictures.