At first glance, with its sweeping score and broody listing of talented young actors, the first trailer for Mark Romanek’s upcoming drama Never Let Me Go looks targeted for a run at awards season. But as anyone who has read Kazuo Ishiguro’s novel upon which the film is based knows, there’s a lot more here than what you can see at first glance. The fact that it start Carey Mulligan, Keira Knightley and Andrew Garfield and is in the sure hands of Romanek only makes it that much more interesting.
Here is the official synopsis: “In his highly acclaimed novel “Never Let Me Go,” Kazuo Ishiguro created a remarkable story of love, loss and hidden truths. In it he posed the fundamental question: What makes us human? Now director Mark Romanek, writer Alex Garland and DNA Films bring Ishiguro’s hauntingly poignant and emotional story to the screen. Kathy (Carey Mulligan), Tommy (Andrew Garfield) and Ruth (Keira Knightley) live in a world and a time that feel familiar to us, but are not quite like anything we know. They spend their childhood at Hailsham, a seemingly idyllic English boarding school. When they leave the shelter of the school and the terrible truth of their fate is revealed to them, they must also confront the deep feelings of love, jealousy and betrayal that threaten to pull them apart.”
I love the aesthetic and the nods to the book’s very interesting speculative and science fiction roots. I can’t help but think that Romanek will deliver something special with source material and a cast of this caliber.
Never Let Me Go is scheduled to hit theaters on October 1, 2010. The first trailer is available below or over at Apple.com in high definition.