A new crop of Oscar winners will be born when The Academy Awards are handed out live on Sunday, February 28 on ABC. Two of these Oscar nominees, Michael Fassbender (Steve Jobs) and Alicia Vikander (The Danish Girl) will next be seen together in The Light Between Oceans, arriving in theaters September 2. The Guardian has debuted the first international trailer for this unique drama, which could be an early Oscar contender for next year's ceremony.
After four harrowing years on the Western Front, Tom Sherbourne (Michael Fassbender) returns to Australia and takes a job as the lighthouse keeper on Janus Rock, nearly half a day's journey from the coast. To this isolated island, where the supply boat comes once a season, Tom brings a young, bold, and loving wife, Isabel (Alicia Vikander). Years later, after two miscarriages and one stillbirth, the grieving Isabel hears a baby's cries on the wind. A boat has washed up onshore carrying a dead man and a living baby.
Tom, who keeps meticulous records and whose moral principles have withstood a horrific war, wants to report the man and infant immediately. But Isabel insists the baby is a "gift from God," and against Tom's judgment, they claim her as their own and name her Lucy. When she is two, Tom and Isabel return to the mainland and are reminded that there are other people in the world, one of whom is Hannah Roennfeldt (Rachel Weisz), whose husband and infant daughter were lost at sea.
The supporting cast include Caren Pistorius, Benedict Hardie, Emily Barclay, Anthony Hayes and Leon Ford. The film is based on M.L. Steadman's critically-acclaimed novel, which was adapted by director Derek Cianfrance. The adaptation marks just his third feature film, following Blue Valentine and The Place Beyond the Pines.
The Light Between the Oceans will hit theaters on September 2, going up against Broad Green's The Infiltrator starring Bryan Cranston, Sony's Patient Zero starring Natalie Dormer and Relativity's Solace starring Anthony Hopkins and Colin Farrell. How do you think this drama will fare at the box office this fall? Chime in with your thoughts and stay tuned for more on The Light Between Oceans.