Thomasin McKenzie may be best known for her work in the light-hearted Jojo Rabbit, but she’s since moved on to more horror-focused films like Old and Last Night in Soho. Now she’s starring in what looks to be another creeper with Eileen.
Watch the trailer here:
Set during a bitter 1964 Massachusetts winter, young secretary Eileen becomes enchanted by the glamorous new counselor at the prison where she works. Their budding friendship takes a twisted turn when Rebecca reveals a dark secret — throwing Eileen onto a sinister path.
The film is directed by William Oldroyd who had also been at the helm for Lady Macbeth, which starred another critical darling in the form of Florence Pugh. The movie had also been described as very ‘Hitchcockian’; pretty much like Eileen, so we should expect the same kind of tone to be all over this film.
Personally, the film feels like One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, with Hathaway playing the part of the evil nurse, but it does throw a kind of curveball in the story in that McKenzie’s character looks to be Hathaway’s protégé, and we get to see them engage in what also seems to be an age-gap romance.
I think the last time we’ve seen a period lesbian film with an age gap like this was Ammonite with Saoirse Ronan and Kate Winslet. It’s going to be interesting to watch how both actresses will play off one another here.
Eileen is set to hit cinemas on Dec. 8.