Tim Burton is most often thought of as a director of the fantastical, but he’s heading back to true tales of the relatively recent past with Big Eyes, and now we get our first look we a trailer.
The film follows Margaret Keane (Amy Adams), whose paintings of large-eyed children were massively popular in the 1950s and 1960s. However initially her husband Walter (Christoph Waltz) claimed to the world that he was behind the paintings.
After the two fell out, she revealred that she was the true artist behind all the big-eyed paintings, and that the rather pompous and self-obsessed Walter (who spoke about himself in the third person and compared himself to Rembrandt and El Greco) stole all the credit for her work.
This set off a long running dispute between the two which ended in court battles, and a rather dramatic moment in court where the judge asked both to do some painting. Walter refused to do so because of a pain in his arm, but Margaret quickly crafted one of her trademark paintings.
Terence Stamp, Danny Huston, Krysten Ritter and Jason Schwartzman also star. The movie is heading for a Christmas US release.