Todd Haynes’ next film, which stars Anne Hathaway and Mark Ruffalo, just landed a new title and an awards-friendly November release date.
Focus Features will release Haynes’ “Dark Waters” in limited release on Nov. 22, 2019, the distributor announced Monday. The Thanksgiving release puts it up opposite Sony’s “A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood” and Disney’s “Frozen 2.”
“Dark Waters” is inspired by the true story of a tenacious attorney (Ruffalo) who uncovers a dark secret that connects a growing number of unexplained deaths due to one of the world’s largest corporations. In the process, he risks everything – his future, his family, and his own life – to expose the truth.
The feature is based on Nathaniel Rich’s New York Times Magazine article “The Lawyer Who Became DuPont’s Worst Nightmare,” regarding the notable chemical company DuPont. Tim Robbins, Bill Camp, Victor Garber, Mare Winningham, William Jackson Harper, and Bill Pullman also co-star in the drama. Ruffalo also produced the film along with Pamela Koffler and Christine Vachon.
Focus also set a release for Nisha Ganatra’s follow-up to “Late Night,” “Covers,” which will open on May 8, 2020. Ganatra’s comedy will open opposite the war film “Greyhound” from Sony and MGM’s “Legally Blonde 3.”
“Covers” is a comedy set among the talent, fame, and fast-paced world of Hollywood’s music scene, starring Dakota Johnson, Tracee Ellis Ross, Kelvin Harrison Jr., Ice Cube, Zoe Chao, Eddie Izzard, Bill Pullman and Diplo. Flora Greeson won the screenplay, and Working Title’s Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner produced the film, with Alexandra Loewy serving as executive producer.
Haynes’ last film was 2017’s “Wonderstruck,” starring the deaf actress Millicent Simmonds and Julianne Moore about two children whose lives are intertwined but are separated across 50 years. Amazon Studios released the drama, and it earned $3.2 million at the global box office.
Focus’ other releases this fall include “Downton Abbey” arriving next month and the Harriet Tubman biopic “Harriet” opening on Nov. 1.
Deadline first reported the news about the “Dark Waters” release date.