Searchlight Picture announced the dates for its 2021 slate on Wednesday, including Scott Cooper’s horror creature feature Antlers starring Keri Russell and Jesse Plemons and Nightmare Alley, Guillermo del Toro’s long awaited follow up to his Oscar-winning The Shape of Water, starring Bradley Cooper, Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara.
Searchlight, as a subsidiary to Disney, announced last week that their main Oscar push and critics’ favorite Nomadland from Chloé Zhao would premiere on Hulu February 19.
There were some notable names missing from today’s announcement including Wes Anderson’s The French Dispatch (which will likely be a Cannes premiere, although that is looking to get pushed to July) and Taika Waititi’s Next Goal Wins.
THE NIGHT HOUSE – JULY 16, 2021
- Directed by David Bruckner
- Written by Ben Collins & Luke Piotrowski
- Produced by David S. Goyer, Keith Levine, and John Zois
- Cast: Rebecca Hall, Sarah Goldberg, Evan Jonigkeit, Stacy Martin and Vondie Curtis Hall
THE NIGHT HOUSE follows a widow (Rebecca Hall of THE TOWN) who begins to uncover her recently deceased husband’s disturbing secrets.
THE EYES OF TAMMY FAYE – SEPTEMBER 24, 2021
- Directed by Michael Showalter
- Written by Abe Sylvia
- Produced by Jessica Chastain, Kelly Carmichael, Rachel Shane, Gigi Pritzker
- Cast: Jessica Chastain, Andrew Garfield, Cherry Jones, Fredric Lehne, Mark Wystrach, Sam Jaeger, Gabriel Olds and Vincent D’Onofrio
THE EYES OF TAMMY FAYE is an intimate look at the extraordinary rise, fall and redemption of televangelist Tammy Faye Bakker. In the 1970s and 80s, Tammy Faye and her husband, Jim Bakker, rose from humble beginnings to create the world’s largest religious broadcasting network and theme park, and were revered for their message of love, acceptance and prosperity. Tammy Faye was legendary for her indelible eyelashes, her idiosyncratic singing, and her eagerness to embrace people from all walks of life. However, it wasn’t long before financial improprieties, scheming rivals, and scandal toppled their carefully constructed empire.
ANTLERS – OCTOBER 29, 2021
- Directed by Scott Cooper
- Screenplay by C. Henry Chaisson & Nick Antosca and Scott Cooper, based upon the short story The Quiet Boy by Nick Antosca
- Produced by Guillermo del Toro, David S. Goyer, J. Miles Dale
- Cast: Keri Russell, Jesse Plemons, Jeremy T. Thomas, Graham Greene, Scott Haze, Rory Cochrane, Amy Madigan
From the visionary world of acclaimed director Scott Cooper and horror maestro Guillermo del Toro comes ANTLERS. In an isolated Oregon town, a middle-school teacher (Keri Russell) and her sheriff brother (Jesse Plemons) become embroiled with her enigmatic student (Jeremy T. Thomas) whose dark secrets lead to terrifying encounters with a legendary ancestral creature who came before them. Based on the short story The Quiet Boy by Nick Antosca. Produced by Guillermo del Toro, David S. Goyer, and J. Miles Dale.
NIGHTMARE ALLEY – DECEMBER 3, 2021
- Directed by Guillermo del Toro
- Written by Guillermo del Toro & Kim Morgan
- Produced by Guillermo del Toro, J. Miles Dale
- Cast: Bradley Cooper, Cate Blanchett, Toni Collette, Willem Dafoe, Richard Jenkins, Rooney Mara, Ron Perlman, Mary Steenburgen, David Strathairn
In NIGHTMARE ALLEY, an ambitious young carny (Bradley Cooper) with a talent for manipulating people with a few well-chosen words hooks up with a female psychiatrist (Cate Blanchett) who is even more dangerous than he is.
Antlers photo courtesy of Fox Searchlight Pictures