A few years ago I saw the stage play of The Woman in Black (which has been running in London since 1989) and I loved the simplicity of it. There were three actors (one never spoke), a creepy rocking chair, and a sound system which served to both scare and deafen the audience.
Today a new UK trailer for the movie adaptation has appeared online, and i’m expecting the experience to be very different despite the story remaining the same. There’s sweeping landscape shots, a much larger cast, multiple locations, and former boy wizard Daniel Radcliffe. One element that will probably have the same impact though, is that creepy rocking chair.
Watch the trailer below:
The movie follows a young lawyer, Arthur Kipps (Radcliffe), who is ordered to travel to a remote village and sort out a recently deceased client’s papers. As he works alone in the client’s isolated house, Kipps begins to uncover tragic secrets, and his unease grows when he glimpses a mysterious woman dressed only in black.
Ciarán Hinds (Dumbledore’s brother in Deathly Hallows: Part II) will play the local landowner who counsels Arthur Kipps as he investigates this Victorian mystery. Janet McTeer (Tideland) will play Hinds’ on-screen wife.
James Watkins is directing from a script by Jane Goldman (Kick-Ass, Stardust) and The Woman in Black will be released February 2012.