Touchstone Pictures' chilling new psychological thriller, Dark Water, will now open on July 8th, one month ahead of its previously scheduled release date, it was announced today (March 31) by Chuck Viane, president of Buena Vista Pictures Distribution. The film, starring Academy Award®-winning actress Jennifer Connelly, and helmed by acclaimed director Walter Salles ("The Motorcycle Diaries"), is produced by Bill Mechanic, Roy Lee, and Doug Davison. Based on a film by the creators of the Japanese version of "The Ring," Dark Water also stars Oscar® nominees John C. Reilly, Tim Roth, and Pete Postelthwaite, along with Dougray Scott, and Camryn Manheim. Rafael Yglesias wrote the screenplay. Angelo Badalamenti ("Mulholland Drive," "A Very Long Engagement") composed the score.

Commenting on the announcement, Viane said, "After viewing a recent cut of 'Dark Water,' we were completely blown away by this amazing and powerful film. We felt that it had tremendous across-the-board appeal, and every potential to become one of the big summer films. A July release date seemed like the ideal time to reach the widest possible audience. This film stands apart from the competition, and Jennifer Connelly gives a terrific performance. It has an engaging and intelligent script, great direction, and performances that set it apart from most other films in this genre. Summer moviegoers from teens to adults are going to love 'Dark Water' and July 8th is the perfect playdate."

Directed by acclaimed director Walter Salles, Dark Water is a psychological thriller about a young mother who goes to extreme lengths to solve a mystery and protect her daughter. Dahlia Williams (Jennifer Connelly) is starting a new life; newly separated with a new job and a new apartment. She's determined to put her relationship with her estranged husband behind her and devote herself to raising her daughter, Ceci. But when the strained separation disintegrates into a bitter custody battle, her situation takes a turn for the worse. Her new apartment -- dilapidated, cramped, and worn -- seems to take on a life of its own. Mysterious noises, persistent leaks of dark water, and strange happenings cause her imagination to run wild, sending her on a puzzling and mystifying pursuit to find out who is behind the endless mind games. As Dahlia frantically searches for the links between the riddles, the dark water seems to close in around her. But one thing trumps all others in Dahlia's world: no matter what it is that's out there, she'll stop at nothing to find it.