Sundance: Amazon Nabs Rachel Weisz-Michael Shannon Drama 'Complete Unknown'

Complete Unknown - Still 1 - Rachel Weisz - H 2016
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Directed by Joshua Marston ('Maria Full of Grace'), the film will get a fall release.

The Sundance sales front is already heating up, and the festival is still two days away.

Amazon Studios has acquired all U.S. rights to the drama Complete Unknown

Directed by Joshua Marston (Maria Full of Grace), the twisty drama revolves around a couple whose life is turned upside down when a mysterious former flame reappears in the man’s life. Rachel Weisz, Michael Shannon, Kathy Bates and Danny Glover star.

Written by Marston and Julian Sheppard, the story kicks off when Tom (Shannon) and his wife host a dinner party and one of their guests brings an intriguing date named Alice (Weisz). Tom is convinced he knows her, but she refuses to acknowledge their past history. When Alice makes a hasty exit, Tom follows her down the rabbit hole and into the night, where they explore the freedom to shed one’s skin in the anonymity of the big city. What ensues is an all-night odyssey with two characters, one needing to make a change in his life, the other questioning how to stop changing. 

Lucas Joaquin, Jay Van Hoy and Lars Knudsen produced Complete Unknown, while Robert Halmi Jr. and Jim Reeve executive produced.

The streaming giants are already making a big splash at the Sundance market. Amazon's rival Netflix has already picked up worldwide SVOD rights to the Paul Rudd starrer The Fundamentals of Caring and the Ellen Page vehicle Tallulah.

Amazon is planning to partner with a theatrical distributor for a fall release of Complete Unknown, which will make its world premiere at the festival on Jan. 25.

CAA and WME repped the filmmakers.

Screen first reported the news.