“I twitch and shout a lot — makes me look like a damn freak show. But inside my head’s an even bigger mess.” Those lines are from Lionel Essrog, a lonely private eye living with Tourette syndrome in 1950s New York City. Somebody killed his mentor and best friend, and if he figures out whodunnit, “I’m gonna make him regret it.”
Here’s the first trailer for Motherless Brooklyn, written and directed by Edward Norton, who also stars as Essrog. Armed only with a few clues and the engine of his obsessive mind, he unravels closely-guarded secrets that hold the fate of the whole city in the balance. In a mystery that carries him from gin-soaked jazz clubs in Harlem to the hard-edged slums of Brooklyn and, finally, into the gilded halls of New York’s power brokers, he contends with thugs, corruption and the most dangerous man in the city to honor his friend and save the woman who might be his own salvation.
The R-rated pic also features Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Bobby Cannavale, Cherry Jones, Michael Kenneth Williams, Leslie Mann, Ethan Suplee, Dallas Roberts, Josh Pais, Robert Ray Wisdom, Fisher Stevens, along with Alec Baldwin and Willem Dafoe.
Watch on Deadline
Bill Migliore, Edward Norton, Michael Bederman, Gigi Pritzker and Rachel Shane produced Motherless Brooklyn, with Adrian Alperovich, Sue Kroll, Daniel Nadler, Robert F. Smith and Brian Niranjan Sheth serving as exec producers. Warner Bros opens the film November 1. Have a gander at the trailer above and a couple more photos below, and tell us what you think.
Subscribe to Deadline Breaking News Alerts and keep your inbox happy.