Motherless Brooklyn, the new film written and directed by Edward Norton, dropped its first trailer today. The Warner Bros. film is based on the award winning novel by Jonathan Lethem, and follows the adventures of Lionel Essrog (Norton), an orphan in New York who is raised by tough guy Frank Minna (Bruce Willis).
Lionel works for Frank’s car service and small time detective agency with other orphans, known collectively as the “Minna men,” Danny (Dallas Roberts), Tony (Bobby Cannavale), and Gilbert (Ethan Suplee), and as they grow from boys to men, their love and respect for Frank grows as well.
Lionel also does jobs on the side, and soon finds himself in the middle of a mystery after father-figure Frank is killed. Suddenly, Lionel must put all of his detective skills to work if he wants to solve the mystery that was Frank Minna.
Lionel also suffers from Tourette’s syndrome, which makes his navigating the streets of New York and his murder investigation that much of a challenge. With his constant tics and spells, Lionel has to keep it all together to find out why his friend, mentor, and father figure was killed.
The Lethem book is considered by many to be a classic, and won the National Book Critics Circle award in 1999. Norton has had the film rights for years, and his dream of bringing this wonderful story to the big screen is finally coming to light.
The film adaption of Motherless Brooklyn will have its premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival in September, and will open in theaters nationwide in November. Until then, enjoy this first trailer of the adaption of arguably Jonathan Lethem’s best novel.
Motherless Brooklyn stars Edward Norton, Bruce Willis, Bobby Cannavale, Ethan Suplee, Dallas Roberts, and Gugu Mbatha-Raw, with Alec Baldwin and Willem Dafoe, and is in theaters on November 1, 2019.
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