‘The Little Things’ Trailer: Denzel Washington & Rami Malek vs Jared Leto in Serial Killer Thriller

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Oscar winners Denzel Washington, Rami Malek and Jared Leto in a serial killer thriller? Hell. Yes.

Check out the first trailer to arrive for The Little Things, a thriller that finds Washington playing Deke, a county deputy sheriff who hits L.A. in what is at first an evidence-gathering assignment. Before long, he’s all-in on a mission to find a serial killer, teaming up with an L.A. sergeant, Jim (Malek), on the hunt for this blood-thirsty murderer. Leto plays the suspect. But, it’s not that simple. As the synopsis below says, “the investigation is dredging up echoes of Deke’s past, uncovering disturbing secrets that could threaten more than his case.”

We don’t get too many strong investigative thrillers these days, films like David Fincher pics Se7en and Zodiac. Finger crossed for The Little Things, which certainly looks like a moody, well-performed film. And, of course, having three leads like this in one movie bodes well indeed.

The Little Things, written and directed by John Lee Hancock (The Blindside, The Founder, The Highwaymen), hits US cinemas and HBO Max on January 29th.

Warner Bros’ extended synopsis for The Little Things:

Academy Award winners Denzel Washington (“Training Day,” “Glory”), Rami Malek (“Bohemian Rhapsody”) and Jared Leto (“Dallas Buyers Club”) star in the psychological thriller “The Little Things.” John Lee Hancock (“The Blind Side,” “Saving Mr. Banks,” “The Founder”) directed the film from his own original screenplay.


Kern County Deputy Sheriff Joe “Deke” Deacon (Washington) is sent to Los Angeles for what should have been a quick evidence-gathering assignment. Instead, he becomes embroiled in the search for a killer who is terrorizing the city. Leading the hunt, L.A. Sheriff Department Sergeant Jim Baxter (Malek), impressed with Deke’s cop instincts, unofficially engages his help. But as they track the killer, Baxter is unaware that the investigation is dredging up echoes of Deke’s past, uncovering disturbing secrets that could threaten more than his case.


The main cast also includes Natalie Morales (“Battle of the Sexes”), Terry Kinney (“Mile 22,” TV’s “Billions”), Chris Bauer (“Sully,” TV’s “The Deuce”), Joris Jarsky (TV’s “Bad Blood”), Isabel Arraiza (TV’s “Pearson”) and Michael Hyatt (“Crazy Ex-Girlfriend”).


“The Little Things” is produced by Oscar- and Emmy-winning producer Mark Johnson (“Breaking Bad,” “Rain Man”) and Hancock, with Mike Drake and Kevin McCormick serving as executive producers.


Behind the scenes, Hancock reunited with several longtime collaborators, including Oscar-nominated director of photography John Schwartzman (“Seabiscuit,” “The Founder,” “Saving Mr. Banks”), Oscar-nominated production designer Michael Corenblith (“Apollo 13,” “The Founder,” “The Blind Side”) editor Robert Frazen (“The Founder”), and costume designer Daniel Orlandi (“The Founder,” “The Blind Side”). The music is by multiple Oscar-nominated composer Thomas Newman (“1917,” “Bridge of Spies,” “Saving Mr. Banks”).


Warner Bros. Pictures presents A Gran Via Production, “The Little Things” will be distributed worldwide by Warner Bros. Pictures. The film has slated for release on January 29, 2021 in theaters and on HBO Max and has been rated R for violent/disturbing images, language and full nudity.

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