Aaron Taylor-Johnson (“Avengers: Age of Ultron”) and Michael Shannon (“99 Homes”) have joined the cast of Tom Ford’s second directorial effort “Nocturnal Animals” at Focus Features.
Based on the 1993 Austin Wright novel “Tony and Susan,” the postmodern noir thriller follows a woman (Amy Adams) who receives a book manuscript from her ex-husband (Jake Gyllenhaal), a man whom she left twenty years earlier, asking for her opinion.
The book then tracks two stories: the story of the novel itself about a man whose family vacation turns deadly, and the story of this woman who finds herself recalling her first marriage and confronting some dark truths about herself.
Shannon will play a detective investigating the violent incident Gyllenhaal’s family is involved with and Taylor-Johnson plays a mysterious figure who may pose a threat to Gyllenhaal’s family.
Ford is also writing and producing the project.