The trailer for the 2021 film shows a tense Washington and Malek hunting down a serial killer in LA
The Little Things is a psychological crime thriller, written and directed by John Lee Hancock. The film follows Kern County Deputy Sheriff Joe “Deke” Deacon (Denzel Washington) and LA Sheriff Department Sergeant Jim “Jimmy” Baxter (Rami Malek), as they chase their prime suspect (Jared Leto) after a series of murders in Los Angeles.
The trailer is packed with intense snippets from the film, and Washington’s Deputy Sheriff Deke concludes it with a profound monologue that hints to its title: “It’s the little things, Jimmy. It’s the little things that rip you apart. It’s the little things that get you caught.”
While US viewers won’t have to wait much longer to watch the film, writer and director John Lee Hancock waited for over 30 years to see his story finally hit the big screens.
In an interview with Deadline, Hancock explains the script’s 30-year trajectory, in which it was almost directed by Steven Spielberg, who passed it on due to the story being “too dark.” It was then rejected by Clint Eastwood and Danny Devito, until Hancock decided to direct it himself. Once Hancock reworked the script, he personally picked out Washington, Malek and Leto to play their respective parts.
The three Oscar-winners are joined by Natalie Morales, Michael Hyatt, Sofia Vassilieva, Terry Kinney and Chris Bauer among others.
The Little Things is scheduled to be released in the US on the 29 January across cinemas and on HBO’s new streaming service, HBO Max. The UK release date for the film is yet to be confirmed.
Words by Sofia Ferreira Santos
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