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No Joaq: Michael Shannon & Aaron Taylor-Johnson Join Tom Ford’s ‘Nocturnal Animals’

No Joaq: Michael Shannon & Aaron Taylor-Johnson Join Tom Ford’s ‘Nocturnal Animals’

You should love Tom Ford, not because he’s a fancy fashion designer, but because his terrific directorial debut, “A Single Man” starring Colin Firth, Julianne Moore, and Matthew Goode, was an impeccably crafted film, both gorgeous and emotionally soulful. Ford hasn’t made a movie since that 2009 picture, but he’s got a new one on the way, and everyone in Hollywood is clamoring to join the cast.

Amy Adams and Jake Gyllenhaal are set to star in the movie, and at one point the drama was attracting names like Joaquin Phoenix too. But it looks like the picture, titled “Nocturnal Animals,” couldn’t quite land him. Instead, Aaron Taylor-Johnson and Michael Shannon have signed up.

READ MORE: Tom Ford’s Next Movie Is ‘Nocturnal Animals,’ George Clooney Producing, Plot Details Emerge

Ford is writing and directing, and the drama is an adaptation of Austin Wright’s 1993 novel “Tony And Susan.” The movie spins a two-part story that follows a woman (Adams) who receives a book manuscript from her ex-husband, who she left 20 years earlier, asking for her opinion. The second part revolves around a man (Gyllenhaal) whose family vacation turns violent.

Ford originally envisioned the story as two separate movies, but the way financing goes these days, it’s not a huge shocker that idea got squashed. [Variety]

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