The arrival of the trailer for White Noise, the first film by Noah Baumbach since 2019’s Marriage Story, should tell you something. We are on the cusp of awards season, and Netflix has high hopes this will reach the same Oscar-winning heights. It should have plenty of momentum behind it after premiering at the Venice Film Festival later this month, followed by opening the New York Film Festival in September.
Baumbach reunites with Marriage Story star Adam Driver, along with Greta Gerwig, Don Cheadle, Raffey Cassidy, Sam Nivola, May Nivola, Lars Eidinger, Andre Benjamin, and Jodie Turner-Smith in the adaptation of Don DeLillo’s breakout 1985 novel. Driver stars as a professor in the field of Hitler studies and his family who must face their own mortality when an apocalyptic event occurs.
The official synopsis spells it out a bit clearer while keeping some of the weirdest details hidden:
At once hilarious and horrifying, lyrical and absurd, ordinary and apocalyptic, White Noise dramatizes a contemporary American family’s attempts to deal with the mundane conflicts of everyday life while grappling with the universal mysteries of love, death, and the possibility of happiness in an uncertain world. Based on the book by Don DeLillo.
Netflix has yet to set a date for White Noise but expects it to be released later this year.