Robert Pattinson and Willem Dafoe Are Grizzled Chums in “The Lighthouse” Trailer

Unshaven, gruff, and lonely seamen. What more could you ask for?

The marketing geniuses behind auteur film distribution company A24 have done it again: created boundless hype around an upcoming indie movie. Director Robert Eggers was previously responsible for A24’s The Witch (2015), a folktale set in the spooky, autumnal, witch-fearing days of 1600’s Puritan New England, and featuring the most seductive demon imaginable (Black Phillip, a goat with an exceedingly sensuous voice). 

The Lighthouse fast-forwards a few centuries to the 1890s, promising a “nautical psychodrama” in which two lighthouse keepers—Willem Dafoe and Robert Pattinson, of course—live together on a remote New England island. The trailer for the black-and-white film has Dafoe and Pattinson cloaked in shadows and raincoats, singing sea shantys and getting hammered while storms batter their coasts. Briefly, we glimpse a mermaid and a squid whose tentacles are wrapped around RPattz’s neck. 

This might be a buddy movie: two pals against the elements, tryna make a living. Or it could be a Brokeback Mountain Part II: sailors exiled to an island because their illicit love has doomed them. Or perhaps these two are not actually lighthouse keepers at all, but rather patients in a psych ward. Maybe they’ve gone mad, and the ocean is merely a fierce hallucination. Guess we’ll find out. 

The Lighthouse hits theaters October 8. And check out this gorgeous poster—did I say A24 knows how to market?

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