Kim Basinger Joins Jake Gyllenhaal’s ‘Nocturnal Animals’

Kim Basinger has joined Tom Ford’s “Nocturnal Animals,” alongside Jake Gyllenhaal, Amy Adams, Michael Shannon and Aaron Taylor-Johnson.

Focus Features is handling worldwide distribution after winning a bidding war at the Cannes Film Festival in May for the rights to the adaptation of Austin Wright’s novel “Tony and Susan.”

Ford will direct from his own script and also produce with Robert Salerno.

Basinger will play a wealthy Texas socialite and the mother of Adams’ character. The first part of Wright’s 1993 novel follows Adams’ character, who receives a book manuscript from the husband she left 20 years earlier. The second half revolves around a man (Gyllenhaal) whose family vacation turns violent.

Basinger starred in Paul Haggis’ 2013 drama “Third Person” and in “Grudge Match” alongside Robert De Niro and Sylvester Stallone. She’s been filming mystery thriller “The Nice Guys” with Russell Crowe and Ryan Gosling.

Basinger is repped by APA and Radius. The news was first reported by Deadline Hollywood.

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