You work with enough great directors (Paul Thomas Anderson, Rian Johnson, Denis Villeneuve, Steve McQueen, Bong Joon-ho, to name a few) it should come as no surprise when your directorial debut garners a rapturous critical reception.
That’s been the case with Wildlife, the first feature film from actor Paul Dano (There Will Be Blood, Little Miss Sunshine). From a script he co-wrote with Zoe Kazan (The Big Sick), it stars Carey Mulligan and Jake Gyllenhaal as an early-1960s American couple going through marital crisis.
Though set in Montana, it was shot almost entirely in rural Oklahoma (thank you, tax incentives!), and critics have been raving (about Mulligan’s performance and Dano’s skill especially) after its initial screenings at the Sundance Film Festival in January and then the Cannes Film Festival this May. It co-stars respected and in-demand character actor Bill Camp and newcomer Ed Oxenbould as the couple’s teenage son.
Sure to be an awards contender, Wildlife opens this fall on October 19, 2018.