Steven Soderbergh‘s upcoming film Side Effects released its first trailer today, promising audiences an all-too-familiar thriller involving pharmaceuticals, sex and scandal.
The famed director has been wowing audiences left and right for the past 15 years, gifting filmgoers with such titles as Erin Brockovich, Traffic, Ocean’s Eleven, and Contagion. Sure, there have been the occasional mistakes (The Informant!), the quirky films made for elitists (The Good German), and the just plain bad (The Girlfriend Experience), but Soderbergh has always found a charming way to earn back the trust of his fans (Magic Mike).
With Side Effects, he’s gathered quite a cast and combined it with a spine-tingling script that definitely seems to have cultural relevance. It will star Rooney Mara as a woman who turns to prescription medication as a way of handling her anxiety concerning her husband’s upcoming release from prison, of course leading to disastrous consequences. Channing Tatum will play the husband, as Jude Law is set to play Mara’s doctor. Catherine Zeta-Jones also pops up in the trailer, but it’s not quite clear what her role will be.
The trailer for Side Effects definitely makes its point in baiting movie fanatics, promising a tale filled with mystery, corporate corruption and sex appeal. Mara’s inclusion as the lead is definitely enticing, especially considering her work as Lisbeth Salander in The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. What sort of chemistry she can muster with the likes of Tatum, Law and Zeta-Jones is quite intriguing. It’s also nice to see what she can do when she’s not playing a crazy person.
So take a look at the Side Effects‘ trailer and let us know what you think. It has us begging for more information regarding what Mara’s character took, what it did to her and why everything suddenly fell apart (and why it’s all Jude Law’s fault). Surely, it will have you doing the same. Unfortunately, we’ll have to wait until February 2013 to find out. Enjoy!