EXCLUSIVE: Kim Basinger has joined the growing cast of Nocturnal Animals, the Focus Features adaptation of the Austin Wright book Tony And Susan that Tom Ford wrote and will direct beginning in the fall. Basinger, who won the Oscar for L.A. Confidential, will play Anne Sutton, a wealthy Texas socialite and the mother of the character played by Amy Adams. Jake Gyllenhaal, Michael Shannon and Aaron Taylor Johnson are also starring in the film.
This was the picture that became the splashiest deal at the Cannes Film Festival, when Peter Schlessel and Ford negotiated a deal for world rights that was worth $20 million plus an 8-figure P&A commitment that made it one of the biggest pre-sale deals on the Croisette in years. In the film, Susan Morrow (Adams) receives a package out of the blue that contains a manuscript of her ex-husband’s first book. Drawn into the book’s violent fictional world of a character named Tony, Susan must confront her own past. The Nocturnal Animals title is taken from a story in the fictional book. Ford is producing, and Robert Salerno has also joined him as producer, a role that Salerno played on Ford’s directorial debut A Single Man. APA and Radius rep Basinger.