The Oscar winners reunite after Interstellar for the latest work from writer-director Steven Knight, who enjoys playing with audiences heads. Knight directed Locke and Redemption, but he also co-created Tom Hardy’s Taboo FX series and the BBC Two hit Peaky Blinders — not to mention he penned the screenplay for The Girl in the Spider’s Web.
With Serenity, we get a surface-level premise without diving too deep into what’s really going on with this story.
Hathaway plays opposite McConaughey as a ghost of girlfriends past, so to speak. Baker Dill (McConaughey) is a fishing boat captain leading the simple life on Plymouth Island, a tropical locale where he leads boating tours. One night, his ex-wife Karen (Hathaway) shows up out of the blue. Turns out, Dill’s name is really John and he has a past he’s trying to outrun, but Karen needs his help. Her new husband (Jason Clarke) has been abusing her and she wants Dill to take him out onto the ocean and feed him to the sharks.
But something else is going on here. The tick of Dill’s fishing line punctuates the Serenity trailer, which is filled with flashes of steamy scenes, guns, mysterious figures, and a suicide. It all leads up to the cryptic line, “Sometimes we do bad things for good reasons.”
Djimon Hounsou (Guardians of the Galaxy), Jeremy Strong (HBO’s Succession), and Diane Lane (Justice League) also star in Serenity, which shot on location on the island nation of Mauritius.
The film will open in theaters this Oct. 19. Watch the first footage above.