Did you know that about 50% of American marriages end in divorce? Well, ‘Marriage Story’ will showcase the struggle of going through one across the country. Written and directed by Noah Baumbach (“Margot At The Wedding,” “Frances Ha,” “The Meyerowitz Stories“), the film sees couple Adam Driver (“BlacKkKlansman,” “The Report”) and Scarlett Johansson (“The Avengers”) going through a tough coast-to-coast divorce. Driver plays the part of Charlie, a stage director, while Johansson is Nicole, an actress.
The film is a personal one for Baumbach, having gone through his parent’s divorce and then his own back in 2010, after divorcing Jennifer Jason Leigh (“The Hateful Eight”) shortly after their son was born. He spoke about the film and how his own personal experience helped him creatively with the movie. “It’s extremely personal for me, but it really became this thing where I felt like everybody was bringing themselves to it.” He continued, “Because I’ve gone through a divorce and also been through it as a child, there are things from my experience that of course, I could draw from.”
One of the uglier, difficult elements of divorce which you may find yourself in one day, is choosing who’s signed you’re on. Today, Netflix, who is distributing the film, has released two companion trailers showing two sides to the relationship. In a statement, Baumbach said of the two-pronged trailers, “MARRIAGE STORY is a love story that reveals itself within the breakdown. With these companion trailers, I wanted to show the relationship through the eyes of both characters. There are many sides to every story, and the movie embraces these different viewpoints in order to find the shared truth.”
“Marriage Story” will also feature Ray Liotta (“Goodfellas”), Laura Dern (“Jurassic Park”), Merritt Wever (“Signs”), Alan Alda (“M*A*S*H”), Julie Hagerty and Azhy Robertson, with Wallace Shawn, Martha Kelly, and Mark O’Brien. Robbie Ryan (“American Honey,” “The Favourite“) shot the movie acting as DP, and the music for the film was composed and conducted by none other than Randy Newman. Baumbach’s film is one of the few rarified dramas that will screen at all four major film festivals this fall: the Telluride Film Festival, the Venice Film Festival, the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) and the New York Film Festival where it will play as the centerpiece movie. “Marriage Story” has no release date yet, but presumably it’ll hit Netflix in October or November once the four aforementioned film festivals are done (with probably some theatrical elements to the release as well). Watch the two new trailers below and check out the two new posters as well.