Tim Burton is taking on a different kind of creepy in his upcoming biopic Big Eyes, centered on the life and work of Margaret Keane, famous for painting melancholic, doe-eyed little girls. Pop surrealists and lowbrow artists owe a lot to the artist, whose husband, Walter Keane, took credit for her work.
In Burton’s film, Amy Adams takes on the role of Keane as she battles her husband (played by Christoph Waltz) for control of 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,” Burton told USA Today. The ensuing divorce found Keane versus Keane in a paint-off that determined the true artist behind the popular paintings.
We have our first look at Adams and Waltz as the couple. The dramatic lighting in one of the photos has us crossing our fingers the old Burton is back. It also helps that Ed Wood screenwriters Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski scripted the film. Big Eyes arrives in theaters Christmas Day.
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