First Look: Amy Adams as Margaret Keane in Tim Burton's 'Big Eyes'

August 3, 2014
Source: USA Today

Big Eyes

Get you first look at a likely awards contender this year. USA Today has unveiled a first look with two photos from Tim Burton's Big Eyes, which we have been hearing about for a while and is finally being readied for release in December. In the film, Amy Adams stars as real life painter Margaret Keane, along with Christoph Waltz as her husband, Walter Keane, who took credit for Margaret's works in the 1960s. The film is apparently something a bit different and perhaps more traditional for Burton, but looks like it might feature another fantastic performance by Adams, who was Oscar nominated for American Hustle last year.

Amy Adams from USA Today: "The handling of the brush and paint, the way that Margaret creates the eyes, that is something I studied at great length" with her, she says. "But I never mastered it like Margaret has."

Here's the first photos of Amy Adams in Tim Burton's Big Eyes, direct from two USA Today sneak peeks:

Tim Burton's Big Eyes - Amy Adams

Tim Burton's Big Eyes - Amy Adams

Adams adds, "Margaret really believed that as a woman, people would not buy her art." Walter "convinced her the life they were able to lead was because the artist was a man, who could sell more art at a higher price than a woman." "This all seems so theatrical, like something you would design for a film. But that actually happened." She later won a court case after a judge called for a "paint-off" on the spot to test their skills.

A drama centered on the awakening of the painter Margaret Keane (Adams), her phenomenal success in the 1950s, and the subsequent legal difficulties she had with her husband, who claimed credit for her works in the 1960s. Big Eyes is directed by the one-and-only filmmaker Tim Burton, director of films including Beetlejuice, Batman, Edward Scissorhands, Ed Wood, Mars Attacks, Big Fish, Corpse Bride, Sweeney Todd, Alice in Wonderland, Dark Shadows, and Frankenweenie. The script is written by Scott Alexander & Larry Karaszewski (both of Ed Wood, Man on the Moon, Screwed, Agent Cody Banks, 1408). The Weinstein Company has Burton's Big Eyes set for release on December 25th, 2014 later this year.

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Xerxexx on Aug 3, 2014


From the little I've seen, Keane's paintings look really banal, but I'm interested what Burton will make out of her story, which does sound kind of interesting. And Amy Adam's also pretty fantastic (as well as Waltz!).

Terry Craig on Aug 3, 2014


I'm sure we're in for something different and brilliant.

Quanah on Aug 3, 2014


Cuteee!!! Great cast.

DAVIDPD on Aug 4, 2014


Hmmm....will keep this one on my radar. And Amy Adams looks stunning, as always....

Scopedog on Aug 4, 2014


there is a write-up of this film in todays "usatoday". it sounds very interesting. they say the husband is sane at first but ends up going completely mad. I can't wait to see what waltz does with the husband character - he is SO good.

dan on Aug 4, 2014

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