Months after surprising audiences at its Toronto International Film Festival premiere, Jennifer Aniston’s Oscar dark horse “Cake” finally has a debut trailer, and it certainly proves the “Friends” veteran has a career-redifining performance on her hands.
Written by Patrick Tobin and directed by Daniel Barnz, “Cake” centers around Claire Simmons (played by a severely stripped down Aniston), a woman who becomes deeply fascinated by the suicide of another woman (Anna Kendrick) in her chronic pain support group. Striking a delicate balance between comedy and drama, the new trailer provides a tantalizing look at a raw, unguarded Aniston in a role that requires her to push her dramatic skills to new unnerving heights. Can Aniston rise to the occasion? If early reviews are to be believed, she more than delivers in a performance that has some pundits shouting, “Oscar!”
Whether or not the film can send Aniston all the way to the Dolby Theater remains to be seen, but the new trailer certainly makes the drama look well worth the price of admission. “Cake” co-stars William H. Macy, Felicity Huffman and Sam Worthington. Cinelou Releasing will give the drama a one-week awards qualifying run in December, followed by an expansion in January.