Tom Ford had no trouble scooping up US distribution for his buzzy postmodern thriller follow-up to “A Single Man” at this year’s Cannes. The Focus Features project has now added Armie Hammer, recently seen in “The Man From U.N.C.L.E.,” to a cast that already includes Amy Adams, Jake Gyllenhaal, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Michael Shannon and Kim Basinger.
Hammer will play Adams’ husband in the fashion icon turned filmmaker’s first film since 2009. Based on Austin Wright’s 1993 book “Tony and Susan,” Tom Ford’s script follows a woman, Susan (Adams), 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.
Writer/director/producer Ford, who presented his vision to Cannes buyers this month, is set to begin production on the postmodern neo-noir this Fall, through his production company Fade to Black. He has said he only needs about six weeks to shoot. George Clooney will produce alongside Smokehouse Pictures partner Grant Heslov. Focus will distribute “Nocturnal Animals” in the U.S. with Universal Pictures handling international distribution.