The first trailer for Todd Haynes’ new film May December, starring Natalie Portman, Julianne Moore and Charles Melton, has now been released. The movie premiered back in May and was well received at the Cannes Film Festival.
A limited theatrical release is set to come soon before the film arrives on Netflix. May December is loosely based on the true story of Mary Kay Letourneau, a teacher who was charged with having sex with a 12-year-old student.
It focuses on Portman’s character, the Hollywood actor Elizabeth Berry, who must portray Letourneau’s stand-in, Moore’s Gracie Atherton-Yoo, in a new film, and the two spend time together so Elizabeth can better understand the role.
However, by spending that time together, Elizabeth is thrown into the strange family life of Gracie, which is made up of her relationship with her young husband Joe Yoo (played by Melton) and the child that Gracie conceived when Joe was just 13 years old.
Haynes told The Hollywood Reporter of the new film, “This script of Samy Burch’s was pretty special; it was something I earmarked right away and wanted to start talking to Natalie about.”
He added, “We didn’t really know when it could happen, but it was just written with such a gripping restraint and intelligence and perceptiveness about the place and people. It kept you in a state of constant anticipation and moral uncertainty in ways that I just found to be so exciting,”
Watch the trailer for May December below.