Julia Roberts Goes To Dark, Disturbing Places In First Secret In Their Eyes Trailer

Secret In Their Eyes was something Julia Roberts wanted to do, but at the same time it was something she was dreading. The 47-year-old actress and real-life mother of three stars in this dark thriller as a mother who discovers her daughter has been murdered and left for dead in a dumpster. The first Secret In Their Eyes trailer has dropped online, and you can see the anguish, turmoil and soul-crushing emotion Roberts had to pull from within herself in order to tackle this role. According to writer-director Billy Ray, she did it was gusto. Watch the first footage below.

Yahoo Movies debuted the Secret In Their Eyes trailer, which also features reported Doctor Strange baddie Chiwetel Ejiofor and Oscar-winner Nicole Kidman. In the footage, we see the transformation of Roberts’s Jess. She begins the story as a promising FBI investigator with a bright future ahead of her and a good rapport with her colleagues. When she is called to the scene of her daughter’s crime, the event is too much to bear. Even though the authorities found her daughter’s killer, they were forced to release him due to lack of evidence. Thirteen years later, Jess discovers the location of this man and sets herself on an obsessive path for revenge.

Ray told Yahoo that there was one particular scene that was so difficult to perform and watch, and it was the moment Roberts was dreading the most. However, she was able to perform the demanding and emotionally exhaustive scene in just two takes. The first was gut-wrenching, and no one on set could believe what they were witnessing. Because he is the director, Ray asked her to perform it again, and the second time was just as staggering. As he said,

When it was over I went up to her and I just said, 'As a human being I can’t ask you to do that again. I just can’t.’ And she said, 'You’re a director. You’re not supposed to be a human being.’

Secret In Their Eyes is based on the foreign film of the same name. Juan José Campanella directed it and it won an Oscar in 2009. For the adaptation, however, the lead role was gender-swapped. While the original was written for a man, Ray said that Roberts didn’t want him to rewrite the part too much and that she dove right into the material.

In addition to the first trailer, STX Entertainment released a batch of new photos from the film, which can be seen by clicking the link below. Billy Ray's Secret In Their Eyes stars Julia Roberts, Nicole Kidman and Chiwetel Ejiofor. It opens in theaters on October 23. To get you prepared, we have a slew of official movie still that just dropped. Check them out below:

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