Trailer for The Letter Starring James Franco and Winona Ryder
08.14.12 by Ryan
Have you ever directed a play that stars your significant other and suddenly found yourself obsessed with one of your actors until you slowly think you're losing your mind? Such is the story of The Letter (formerly The Stare), which stars Winona Ryder as the director in question and James Franco is the actor with questionable motives.
The thriller is directed by Jay Anania (Shadows and Lies), who was Franco's former teacher and an instructor at NYU, and a new trailer is now online for the movie, likely to promote the movie's premiere at the Cincinnati Film Festival next month. Lionsgate is also set to release the movie, likely via VOD, but currently there's no release date, so enjoy the synopsis in the mean time.
Martine Jamison (Ryder) is a NY theatre director beginning rehearsals for a new play starring her boyfriend Raymond (Josh Hamilton) opposite a young beauty. They are joined by an unknown newcomer, Tyrone (Franco), who develops a peculiar fascination with Martine and is openly hostile to all others. As rehearsals continue, Martine has periods of disorientation that quickly deteriorate into vivid hallucinations as she becomes convinced someone is trying to poison her. As Martine's mental state devolves she begins to rewrite her play...and art and life become inseparable.