As the release of Steven Soderbergh’s penultimate film Side Effects draws nearer, we are sadly reminded of how close the talented auteur is to retirement. The first trailer hit today for what is said to be his final theatrical release — his last actual effort will be a televised Liberace biopic for HBO titled Behind the Candelabra — which stars Rooney Mara in her first post-Dragon Tattoo role as a woman struggling with anxiety following her husband’s (Channing Tatum) recent release from prison. When she turns to antidepressants, prescribed by her suspicious psychiatrist (Jude Law), things begin to spiral out of control. The film was scripted by Scott Z. Burns (Contagion) and also stars Catherine Zeta-Jones and Vinessa Shaw. Side Effects marks Soderbergh’s third straight collaboration with Tatum — following the middling B-movie experiment Haywire, and this year’s surprise hit Magic Mike — and the terrific cast matched with the director’s always-impeccable craft promises another strong entry in his ever-expanding, diverse and soon-to-be-complete oeuvre.
Side Effects is due February 8, 2013 in the US, but New Zealand audiences will have to wait until May 9. Watch the first trailer below (via Slashfilm).