Sleeping Beauty update gets an atmospheric trailer

Sucker Punch's Emily Browning stars

The first trailer for Julia Leigh's Sleeping Beauty has arrived, and it looks considerably darker than the other fairytale-inspired movies heading our way.

Offering more in the way of evocative imagery and ominous mood-setting than cold hard plot details, the modern update of the story stars Emily Browning (Sucker Punch) as university student Lucy.

It appears she's sucked into a high-class prostitution ring, where she's drugged into sedation for her clients in a quite radical deviation from the original story.

The official synopsis describes the Australian movie as follows:

"A haunting erotic fairy tale about Lucy, a student who drifts into prostitution and finds her niche as a woman who sleeps, drugged, in a ‘Sleeping Beauty chamber’ while men do to her what she can‘t remember the next morning."

The script was previously on the Black List of the best unproduced screenplays in Hollywood, and Alice in Wonderland star Mia Wasikowska was once attached to the lead role before she dropped out for Jane Eyre.

Sleeping Beauty
also comes packing an impressive endorsement from filmmaker Jane Campion. Sample the trailer for yourself now:

Sleeping Beauty is set to be released later this year, and will screen at the Cannes Film Festival.

Liking the look of the haunting trailer? Will this still be less exploitative than Sucker Punch? You know where to comment…


    • massnerder87

      Apr 15th 2011, 12:01

      Very Kubrick!

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    • Sploich

      Apr 15th 2011, 12:10

      I don't think I've ever seen a trailer to pretentiously amateur and overly full of itself. Wow. Seriously. Wow. And I mean that in a VERY bad way.

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    • gonzoBen

      Apr 15th 2011, 12:51

      Part Kubrick, part Glazer.

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    • Hadouken76

      Apr 15th 2011, 12:57

      Who is this aimed at exactly .. ? "Mummy, whats a prostitution ring?"

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    • Ali1748

      Apr 15th 2011, 14:02

      I am starting to feel infatuated with Emily Browning, she's really cute.

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    • earlotterby

      Apr 15th 2011, 17:34

      Wow, that looks awful. Straight to the bargain bin and then the incinerator

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