Patricia Highsmith’s novels have produced numerous successful film adaptations over the past six decades. There’s Alfred Hitchcock’s “Strangers on a Train,” Anthony Minghella’s “The Talented Mr. Ripley,” and just last year, Todd Haynes’ “Carol,” based off Highsmith’s “The Price of Salt.” Now, a film adaptation of Highsmith’s 1954 novel “The Blunderer” will soon hit theaters entitled “A Kind of Murder.”
Directed by Andy Goddard, the film stars Patrick Wilson (“Fargo”) as an architect who becomes obsessed with an unsolved murder of the wife of a rare bookstore owner (Eddie Marsan) to distract himself from his unhappy marriage. But when his wife (Jessica Biel) mysterious disappears after discovering his affair with a younger woman (Haley Bennett), he raises the suspicions of a Detective Lawrence Corby (Vincent Kartheiser) who believes he’s responsible. Watch a trailer for the film below.
This is Goddard’s second film, following “Set Fire to the Stairs,” starring Elijah Wood and Celyn Jones as poet John M. Brinnin and Dylan Thomas, respectively, and follows their time together on week-long retreat. He is best known for directing multiple episodes of “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.