At first glimpse, Jack and Diane comes off as your average coming-of-age flick, a genre that’s been mastered in recent years by the likes of screenwriters Diablo Cody (Juno), Richard Ayoade (Submarine), and Thomas McCarthy (Win Win). However, there’s more behind the sugar-coated shell, as the new trailer reveals an intriguing hook. Sure, our main character Daine may be dealing with love sickness and raging hormones, but there’s a much bigger problem at stake — her love for Jack comes with the growth of fur, nails, and a howl.
The film tells the story of Diane (Juno Temple) as she falls in love with Jack (Riley Keough) while visiting NYC. Throw in the pressures of growing up and an overbearing aunt (Cara Seymour) and the couple’s young love grows sour; Jack discovers that Diane has plans to attend school out of the country. Trying to numb the pain, Jack decides to push Diane away. But Diane’s dealing with a change from within, as her body, starting from the inside out, takes form of a werewolf-like monster.
From Ellen Page & Olivia Thirlby to Juno Temple & Riley Keough
The Quay Brothers are the ones responsible for the stop-motion visuals seen in the trailer. The UK twins have a long list of short films that they’ve tackled together over the years, most of them falling in the horror/thriller genre. Directed and penned by Bradley Rust Grey, this teen lesbian werewolf flick has been cooking for while now. It’s been a little over five years since we first heard of the title. But back then things were quite different; Grey and The Quay Brothers enjoyed the chemistry between Juno and her best friend Leah, played by Ellen Page and Olivia Thirlby, and had plans of their own to cast the two atresses as Jack and Diane. However, Juno became an instant hit, and the ladies’ attention were drawn to other projects. That’s when Temple and Keough took hold of the reigns.
Jack and Diane opened to mixed reviews at Tribeca Film Festival, so it may be that the film isn’t for everyone. What’s catching my attention is the music and the fact that the story features a young lesbian couple. We haven’t had a story of its kind in a while. Plus, I’m starting to really enjoy Juno Temple. I first saw her on the big screen when she played in last year’s The Three Musketeers as Queen Anne. She made a splash in an even bigger pond as Selina Kyle’s confidant, Jen, in The Dark Knight Rises. The more Temple, the better! Check out the trailer and let us know what you think in the comments below.
Directed by Bradley Rust Grey, Jack and Diane, starring Juno Temple, Riley Keough, and Cara Seymour hits theaters November 2nd.
‘Jack and Diane’ Movie Trailer