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THE SEAGULL Trailer

The Seagull appears to be a faithful adaptation of the play of the same name, trusting that the source material will be enough to keep audiences engaged without needing to updating it to a contemporary setting.

They’ve done it! They’ve taken on Chekhov, and this team isn’t even the first the wrestle one of his greatest works onto the big screen.

The Seagull appears to be a faithful adaptation of the play of the same name, trusting that the source material will be enough to keep audiences engaged without needing to updating it to a contemporary setting. And why not? People love period dramas, romantic entanglements, and star-studded casts, and The Seagull offers all three just how it is.

THE SEAGULL Trailer

source: Sony Pictures Classics

The play is built around a large ensemble, which is why you get the litany of familiar faces in this trailer. Annette Bening plays an aging actress who brings several guests to her brother’s summer estate, including a famous writer (Corey Stoll). The dashing man’s presence throws the entire group into turmoil, especially when he takes a liking to the next door neighbor played by Saoirse RonanElizabeth MossBrian Dennehy, and Mare Winningham also fit into the group, each with snarky lines and their own off-kilter motivations for staying in the madness.

Playwright Stephen Karam adapted the dense material for the screen, and whether his familiarity with the stage and rawness in film will be a help or a hindrance remains to be seen. Unfortunately, the success of this intriguing project will likely hinge on the so far unimpressive work of director Michael Mayer, but if he trusted the material and this cast, it should turn out just fine.

The Seagull is directed by Michael Mayer and stars Saoirse RonanAnnette Bening, and Corey Stoll. It will be released in the US on May 11th, 2018. For international release dates, click here.

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