Trailer: Taissa Farmiga stars in We Have Always Lived in the Castle

Last Updated on August 2, 2021

We Have Always Lived in the Castle Stacie Passon Sebastian Stan Alexandra Daddario

It's been six months since we saw the first clip from director Stacie Passon's Shirley Jackson adaptation WE HAVE ALWAYS LIVED IN THE CASTLE, and now a trailer for the film has finally arrived online, one month out from the release date.

Based on a 1962 novel by Jackson, WE HAVE ALWAYS LIVED IN THE CASTLE is about 

Merricat Blackwood, who lives with her sister Constance and her Uncle Julian. The trio are survivors of an arsenic poisoning that killed everyone else in the family five years prior. Merricat is bold and imaginative, and protects the property with “spells”. Despite being hated by the townspeople, the sisters live an idyllic life, until cousin Charles arrives. Charles offers to help around the house, and inquires about the family’s finances. Constance is charmed by Charles, and Merricat resents Charles’ intrusion. As Charles and Merricat battle for control, tragedy threatens to strike again.

Taissa Farmiga, Alexandra Daddario, Crispin Glover, and Sebastian Stan star.

Passon had this to say about the project: 

I read CASTLE first when I was in high school. It is smart, suspenseful, dark satire. The story, narrated by an 18-year-old sociopathic girl named Merricat Blackwood, is a rich mix of American political and social commentary. The themes of isolation, gender, class warfare seem even more relevant today."

WE HAVE ALWAYS LIVED IN THE CASTLE will be receiving a theatrical and VOD release on May 17th.

Judging by the trailer embedded below (which gets Farmiga's last name wrong, I don't know how that slipped through), this thriller looks like it's going to be an intriguingly strange ride. I'll be watching it for sure, as I was already guaranteed to see it as soon as the cast was announced.


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