[Watch] Anne Hathaway, Chiwetel Ejiofor in HBO Max Film “Locked Down”, Trailer Release
Anne Hathaway, Chiwetel Ejiofor in HBO Max Film “Locked Down”, Trailer Release HBO Max has released the first official trailer of their new quarantine-shot, departmental store heist film, titled “Locked Down”. Starring Anne Hathaway and Chiwetel Ejiofor, the film is directed by Dough Liman best known for The Bourne Identity (2002). The script was written by Peaky Blinders (2013) creator Steven Knight, who previously teamed with Hathaway on Serenity (2019).
The project was shot during the early days of quarantine and the plot centers around on what it’s like being quarantined with a romantic partner when the relationship is uncertain.
Here’s the official synopsis: “Just as they decide to separate, Linda (Anne Hathaway) and Paxton (Chiwetel Ejiofor) find life has other plans when they are stuck at home in a mandatory lockdown. Co-habitation is proving to be a challenge, but fueled by poetry and copious amounts of wine, it will bring them closer together in the most surprising way.”
In addition to Oscar winner Hathaway and nominee Ejifor, the film also stars Stephen Merchant, Mindy Kaling, Lucy Boynton, Dulé Hill, Jazmyn Simon, with Ben Stiller and Oscar winner Ben Kingsley. As apparent from the trailer, many of the supporting cast appear through video conference calls in the film.
The trailer introduces Linda and Paxton, a London-based couple planning to break up just before the coronavirus lockdown. Forced to quarantine for two weeks, they have no choice but to navigate their relationship, as they search for a light at the end of the tunnel.
While figuring out their living situation, the couple also faces challenges in their professional lives. “I’ve been furloughed. Now there’s literally zero purpose to my life,” Ejiofor says in the trailer. Hathaway, on the other hand, hosts a video call during which she lays off her employees. “The nice people that I fired? They were fired because of me,” she says to Ejiofor.
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“Linda has been carrying around so much tension for so long,” Anne Hathaway told People Magazine about her character. “This film is partially about how the chaos of lockdown allows her to release that tension, let go of whatever BS was getting her through the day and how she gets all the way honest about what authenticity and freedom mean to her. She is messy and a little nuts and I liked that.”
“Locked Down” was filmed in the U.K. from September to October under COVID-19 protocols. P.J. van Sandwijk, Alison Winter and Michael Lesslie produced the movie. AGC Studios’ Stuart Ford, Miguel Palos Jr. and Alastair Burlingham served as executive producers, along with Liman and Knight.
“Locked Down” was introduced at the virtual Toronto Film Festival in September. It will debut on HBO Max on Jan. 14. Watch the trailer below.