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Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Michael Shannon Join Jake Gyllenhaal’s ‘Nocturnal Animals’ (EXCLUSIVE)

Michael Shannon and Aaron Taylor-Johnson have joined Tom Ford’s “Nocturnal Animals.”

Amy Adams and Jake Gyllenhaal star in the drama, which marks Ford’s follow-up to “A Single Man.” Ford is also writing and producing the project.

Focus Features is handling worldwide distribution after winning a bidding war this past May at the Cannes Film Festival.

The film is an adaptation of Austin Wright’s 1993 novel “Tony And Susan.” The first of the two-part story follows a woman (Adams) who receives a book manuscript from her ex-husband, who she left 20 years earlier, asking for her opinion. The second part revolves around a man (Gyllenhaal) whose family vacation turns violent.

Shannon will play a detective investigating the violent incident Gyllenhaal’s family is involved with and Taylor-Johnson plays a mysterious figure who may pose a threat to Gyllenhaal’s family.

Shannon has a hectic fall ahead of him with several films set to bow. He will first be seen in the drama “99 Homes,” opposite Andrew Garfield, then in the gay rights drama “Freeheld,” alongside Ellen Page and Julianne Moore. His thriller “Midnight Special,” directed by Jeff Nichols, hits theaters next spring. Shannon is repped by CAA and Wetzel Entertainment.

Taylor-Johnson has been busy lately with box office smashes such as “Godzilla” and “Avengers: Age of Ultron.” He is repped by UTA, Hamilton Hodell and Brillstein Entertainment.

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