How good is Domhnall Gleeson’s agent? After a slew of credits lately, including gingerly navigating some of our favorite terrain in Ex Machina and Star Wars Episodes VII and VIII, he’s likely the most famous Domhnall you know. And now he’s headlining a rather chilling little haunted house flick from Focus Features, The Little Stranger.
Today we’ve got our first peek at the trailer and poster for The Little Stranger, a film based on the bestselling novel by Sarah Waters, from director Lenny Abrahamson (Room, Frank) and screenwriter Lucinda Coxon (The Danish Girl), also starring Ruth Wilson (The Affair), Will Poulter (The Maze Runner), Charlotte Rampling (Red Sparrow), and a very old, decaying home.
Gleeson plays Dr. Faraday, a country doctor making a haunted house call to a place his housemaid mother once worked 30 years prior, Hundred Hall. The Hall has been home to the Ayres family for the past 200 years, and is in a depressing state of decline. More depressing though is the fact that the family is “haunted by something more ominous than a dying way of life,” according to the synopsis.
Of course, Faraday knows of no such haunting issues when he starts treating Poulter’s Roderick Ayres, the rather unfortunate son who’s returned home from WWII with “war shock.” Roderick’s sister Caroline (Wilson) has come home to help out, but she, along with Mom (Rampling) seem to be harboring a long-lost secret, which may have something to do with the titular little stranger. Cue the freaky kids, the ominous chirping bird, the service bells ringing without a master jingling, and the dire warning of “something evil in this house,” and we’ve got our fright meter reading in the moderately high range.
If you saw Room, starring Brie Larson in her Oscar-winning performance, then you know Abrahamson is a master with closed spaces. And you can already feel the walls caving in on this ghost story. Are you looking forward to seeing what he can do with a classic haunted house tale when The Little Strangers opens in theaters Aug. 31?