Amy Adams and Christoph Waltz get into a legal battle over artistic ownership in the first trailer for Tim Burton‘s “Big Eyes.”
Described as a “passion project” that was a decade in the making, “Big Eyes” reunites Burton with “Ed Wood” screenwriting duo Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski to tell the story of famed painter Margaret Keane (Adams), who found success in the ’50s and ’60s for her paintings of waifs with massive and expressive eyes.
Margaret’s road to success, however, did not come easy. As you can see in the trailer, she was betrayed by her husband, Walter (Waltz), who misled the public by using his last name — Keane — to claim ownership of the artwork, a decision he attempted to justify with the deplorable excuse that “people don’t buy lady art.” But that just triggered Margaret to find her own voice, fueling a journey of an artist’s awakening.
“Big Eyes,” which also stars Krysten Ritter, Danny Huston and Jason Schwartzman, opens in cinemas on Christmas Day. Watch the first trailer (courtesy of Yahoo! Movies) below.