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'The Woman in the Window' Is the Next Twisty Page-Turner to Get the Big-Screen Treatment

Based on the psychological mystery novel of the same name, it stars Amy Adams, Julianne Moore, Gary Oldman and Anthony Mackie.
By Sarah Ward
December 21, 2019
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By Sarah Ward
December 21, 2019
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UPDATE, MARCH 18: Due to concerns around COVID-19, Disney has announced that The Woman in the Window will no longer release on its initially scheduled date of Thursday, May 14, 2020. At present, a new release date has not been announced — we'll update you when one has been revealed.

To find out more about the status of COVID-19 in Australia and how to protect yourself, head to the Australian Government Department of Health's website.

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They start off in text, drawing in readers with their mysteries, twists and psychological thrills. They focus on women in murky situations, and make that fact known in their titles. Then, after literary success, they jump to the big screen. That's the path that Gone Girl and The Girl on the Train both took — for better in one case, for worse in the other — and now it's The Woman in the Window's turn.

Based on the 2018 novel by AJ Finn, The Woman in the Window follows Dr Anna Fox (Amy Adams), a psychologist who also suffers from extreme agoraphobia. After befriending Jane Russell (Julianne Moore), the woman who lives across the street, she cries foul when her new pal disappears — but neither Jane's husband Alistair (Gary Oldman) nor the cops (including Widows and Child's Play's Brian Tyree Henry) are willing to listen.

As well as firmly falling into clear genre — aka mystery-thrillers that reference women in their monikers — The Woman in the Window is obviously taking some cues from Alfred Hitchcock's Rear Window. And, in the just-released first trailer, director Joe Wright (Atonement, Hanna, Darkest Hour) doesn't shy away from that comparison.

Whether it's worthy of being mentioned in the same breath as one of Hitchcock's best films or suffers a fate closer to The Girl on the Train won't be discovered until the movie releases in May, of course. But, The Woman in the Window has amassed a wide-ranging cast, with Jennifer Jason Leigh, Avengers' Anthony Mackie and Wyatt Russell (Overlord) all popping up.

Check out the trailer below:

The Woman in the Window was due to open in Australian cinemas on May 14, 2020; however it'll now release on a yet-to-be-revealed date — we'll update you when one is announced.

Published on December 21, 2019 by Sarah Ward

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