In the trailer for her new film “Earthquake Bird,” Alicia Vikander is being questioned as one of the top subjects in the disappearance of a missing woman and one of her best friends.
And Vikander stands out in the crowd as a suspect because she’s an expat living in Tokyo in 1989, where just the act of walking around is enough for Japanese residents to stare or take your photo.
“It’s weird how everyone stares at you. It’s like being famous,” Vikander’s friend played by Riley Keough says in the trailer.
That’s the premise of “Earthquake Bird,” which is a psychological thriller directed by Wash Westmoreland (“Colette,” “Still Alice”) and is produced by Ridley Scott and plays on the fish-out-of-water cultural differences of the late 1980s.
In “Earthquake Bird,” Vikander plays Lucy, an enigmatic expat haunted by a painful past, who enters into an intense relationship with Teiji (Naoki Kobayashi), a handsome local photographer. Lucy’s imperturbable exterior begins to crack when a naive newcomer, Lily Bridges (Keough), becomes entangled in their lives and ends up missing and suspected dead.
Westmoreland wrote and directed the film based on the 2001 novel by Susanna Jones. “Earthquake Bird” will air on Netflix on Nov. 15 following a brief theatrical stint that begins on Nov. 1. Watch the first trailer for the film above.