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While Fincher has kept busy in recent years with acclaimed TV projects like Mindhunter and House of Cards, Mank marks the first feature film from the visionary director since 2014’s Gone Girl. Set in the 1930s, the film stars Gary Oldman as screenwriter Herman J. Mankiewicz, the award-winning co-writer of the legendary Orson Welles drama Citizen Kane. Tom Burke (The Souvenir, The Musketeers) also stars as Welles in this tale told through the eyes of Mankiewicz, a Hollywood social critic and alcoholic racing to finish one of cinema’s most iconic films.
The trailer begins with a bandaged Oldman in a hospital bed being visited by Welles, just before his character Mank agrees to undertake a “white whale” of a project. The rest of the trailer is a flurry of scenes that feature Mank trying to balance the intensity of the upcoming Citizen Kane script with his various vices, including “platonic affairs” and “suicidal drinking.”
A passion project of Fincher’s, the film’s screenplay was originally written by his father Jack Fincher before he passed in 2003, with the original score provided by The Social Network collaborators Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross. The all-star cast also includes Amanda Seyfried, Lily Collins, Charles Dance, Tom Pelphrey, Tuppence Middleton, Sam Troughton and Ferdinand Kinglsey.
Mank is slated to release in select theaters in November before it hits the streaming service Dec. 4.
Watch the trailer below.