Two modern day acting power houses go toe-to-toe in the dark and mysterious new drama After the Wedding. Sony Pictures Classics has released the first trailer, which stars Michelle Williams and Julianne Moore.

In After the Wedding, Isabel (Michelle Williams) has dedicated her life to working with the children in an orphanage in Calcutta. Theresa (Moore) is the multimillionaire head of a media company who lives with her artist husband (Crudup) and their twin boys in New York. When word comes to Isabel of a mysterious and generous grant for the financially struggling orphanage, she must travel to New York to meet the benefactor-Theresa-in person.

After the Wedding arrives in theaters as a late summer drama for anyone feeling the brunt of blockbuster fatigue. It opens August 9, going up against The Art of Racing in the Rain, Brian Banks, Dora and the Lost City of Gold and the mob drama The Kitchen. Also opening on that same day is the anticipated YA horror thriller Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark from producer Guillermo Del Toro. Also opening in limited release are the acclaimed dramas Corporate Animals, One Child Nation and The Peanut Butter Falcon. So After the Wedding has quite a bit of competition coming in from all sides.

Bart Freundlich is directing After the Wedding from a screenplay he collaborated on with Susanne Bier, based on the original screenplay from Anders Thomas Jensen and Bier. This is a remake of the 2006 movie of the same name starring Mads Mikkelsen. Billy Crudup, Abby Quinn, Will Chase and Eisa Davis join Michelle Williams and Julianne Moore in the ensemble cast.

The movie was the opening night film of the 2019 Sundance Film Festival. Diane Kruger was originally cast in the role of Isabel, but had to bail due to scheduling conflicts. She was later replaced by Michelle Williams.

Bart Freundlich made his feature-length directorial debut with the 1997 drama The Myth of Fingerprints. His later movies include World Traveler, Catch That Kid, Trust the Man and The Rebound. More recently, he has been working in the TV side of things, helming episodes of Prime Suspect and Californication. He also directed two episodes of the hit series Mozart in the Jungle. His previous movie prior to shooting After the Wedding was Wolves, working from a script he wrote himself.

The first trailer for After the Wedding arrives from Sony Pictures Classics.

B. Alan Orange