While 'Secret in their Eyes' relocates the Argentinian thriller to LA and flips its lead's gender
When writer/director Billy Ray was going through the convoluted casting process for his remake of the Argentinian mystery thriller Secret in their Eyes, he heard that Julia Roberts was looking for a part that she could “lose herself in.” This was after August: Osage County and she wanted something equally demanding.
Ray met Roberts for lunch at her home in Malibu and he decided that there was only one way to meet her demands – change the gender of her character; make someone who was written as a man a woman.
Roberts then took up the baton – so to speak – and did something that she had always wanted to do. She wrote to Nicole Kidman and asked if she would make this movie with her. The result of this collaboration – on the basis of the trailer, at least – seems significantly different from the Argentinian film, which won the ‘Best Foreign Film’ Oscar in 2009.
Roberts and Chiwetel Ejiofor play partners in a new anti-terrorism unit in Los Angeles in 2002, who become involved in a brutal rape and murder case which changes their lives. The case remains unsolved for thirteen years until he discovers startling new evidence and pressurises the district attorney (Kidman’s character) to re-open it.
Secret in their Eyes, which is Billy Ray’s third film as a director – following on from the impressive Shattered Glass and Breach –opens in Ireland on 26th February. Ray’s credits as a writer include Captain Phillips, State Of Play, The Hunger Games, Flightplan, and Hart’s War.
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