‘In Darkness’ Trailer: Natalie Dormer Tries to Escape Killers She Can’t See — Watch

The “Game of Thrones” actress co-wrote this thriller with director Anthony Byrne.

Natalie Dormer took an onscreen hiatus following her Summer 2016 “Game of Thrones” exit. Next month, however, she stars in both Amazon’s limited series “Picnic at Hanging Rock” and a film that marks her first foray into screenwriting.

“In Darkness” will introduce audiences to Dormer’s Sofia, a blind London pianist and the accidental eavesdropper on her upstairs neighbor’s (Emily Ratajkowski of “Gone Girl”) murder. Law enforcement first deems Veronique’s death a suicide, but at least one investigator has his doubts. The trailer opens with Sofia answering his questions, and a flashback confirms that Veronique — the daughter of an alleged war criminal — knew she was in trouble: She slipped Sofia what appears to be a key during an elevator ride.

Soon the criminals realize they must stop Sofia from revealing what she knows. During their hunt, Sofia’s anxiety of being unable to identify her foes increases from her heightened sense of hearing — the purr of an espresso machine, the tick of a metronome, every new sound feels like an encroachment. Sofia is unable to evade capture: The sight of her bound with rope follows a shot of bathtub blood shaped like a heart muscle.

Dormer wrote the script years before her “Game of Thrones” debut, in season two. Director and producer Anthony Byrne — Dormer’s fiancé since 2011 — shares screenwriting credit. “In Darkness” is Byrne’s third feature and first since 2007; he has kept busy overseeing episodes of British series like “Upstairs Downstairs,” “Mr Selfridge,” and “Ripper Street.” Two-time Golden Globe nominee Joely Richardson (“Nip/Tuck”) co-stars. The film’s distributor, Vertical Entertainment, handled past releases for Rob Reiner-directed “LBJ” and the Film Independent Spirit Award winner “Other People.”

Poland’s Oscar-nominated Best Foreign Language Film from six years ago was also called “In Darkness.” This version opens in theaters on May 25. Watch the trailer below, courtesy of Entertainment Tonight.

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‘Picnic at Hanging Rock’ Trailer: Natalie Dormer Stars in Amazon’s Remake of Peter Weir’s Classic Thriller

Amazon provides its own creepy version of Joan Lindsay’s cult novel, most memorably adapted by Weir in 1975.

Amazon is coming for the classics. The streaming outfit is now taking on Peter Weir’s twisted thriller “Picnic at Hanging Rock,” care of a brand-new six-part series. Like Weir’s film, the series is based on Joan Lindsay’s cult novel of the same name, which first spawned Weir’s take back in 1975. This new one doesn’t change the book’s setting — an isolated Australian boarding school in the year 1900 — or its pervasive sense of dread.

Featuring former “Game of Thrones” star Natalie Dormer, along with Lola Bessis, Yael Stone, Anna McGahan, Sibylla Budd, Ruby Rees, and Inez Curro, the series looks to have plenty to intrigue fans of creepy cinema, unsolved mysteries, and the strange magic that unspools when a bunch of hormonal young ladies are thrown together. At the secluded Appleyard College (led by Dormer as headmistress), students adore an annual tradition that involves a picnic at the eponymous Hanging Rock.

Held on Valentine’s Day, the series chronicles a particularly bad picnic: one in which three students go missing. It’s a tantalizing enough premise, but Lindsay’s novel spins it out into fascinating angles, as the inevitable investigation draws in attention (and emotion) from the rest of the school, the girls’ families, and the small town that serves as Appleyard’s home. Weir’s film never provided any easy answers, and spread out over the course of six episodes, we’re kind of hoping that Amazon’s take doesn’t either, but just pulls at still more threads.

The show will premiere at the upcoming Tribeca Film Festival, where it will bow on April 28 and be followed by a post-screening Q&A, including director Larysa Kondracki, executive producer Jo Porter, and Dormer.

Check out the first trailer, thanks to Entertainment Weekly, for “Picnic at Hanging Rock” below.

“Picnic at Hanging Rock” premieres May 25 on Amazon Prime Video.

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‘Game of Thrones’ 101: Who’s Left in House Tyrell?

At the end of “Game of Thrones” Season 7, quite a few people got wiped out. The massive wildfire explosion at the Sept of Baelor took out quite a few highborn characters who had been essential to the war — and cleared out a lot of the enemies of Cersei Lannister.

The majority of the people who got blown up in the Cersei’s Season 6 finale power move were members of House Tyrell, the powerful lords who came to the Lannisters’ aid against Stannis Baratheon and the Starks during the War of the Five Kings.

So does that mean that House Tyrell has gone extinct? No, but it will be soon — there’s a reason why Lady Olenna, the Tyrell matriarch told Ellaria Sand in the Season 6 finale that “Cersei stole the future from me…survival is not what I’m after now.”

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It’s true that most of House Tyrell is gone, despite several attempts at making lasting alliances. The Tyrells first tried to ally with Renly Baratheon when he made his claim for the Iron Throne, but when Stannis assassinated Renly, Lord Mace Tyrell and the rest of the family allied with the Lannisters.

Margaery Tyrell pledged to marry Joffrey Baratheon in order to combine the two houses — the Lannisters needed the Tyrells’ wealth and troops to keep fighting the war — and Loras Tyrell was pledged to marry Cersei. But even by then, Cersei had started to become suspicious of the Tyrells and worked to undermine the family. Meanwhile, Margaery and her grandmother, Lady Olenna, began working to manipulate and control Joffrey.

When Joffrey was poisoned at his wedding (by Lady Olenna, in fact), the next in line for the king, Tommen Baratheon, was pledged to Margaery. But the subsequent death of Tywin Lannister meant that Cersei was no longer forced to marry Loras. Later, when Cersei restored the Faith Militant, the military arm of the religion in King’s Landing, Loras was arrested and charged with “buggery.”

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Loras’ trial for homosexuality, and Cersei’s for adultery, were both set to take place in the Sept of Baelor. Instead of attending, Cersei stayed in the Red Keep and ordered a cache of wildfire beneath the sept ignited. The explosion destroyed the building with Loras, Margaery and Mace Tyrell inside.

At this point, only Lady Olenna remains in House Tyrell, with seemingly no remaining known heirs now that Margaery and Loras dead.

There might be other Tyrells, but the show isn’t explicit about it. There’s some implication that the Tyrell handmaidens are actually cousins of the Tyrell heirs, which would imply there might be some other Tyrells floating around to take over the family. But the main Tyrell line certainly appears doomed at this point — from here, all that matters is how much damage Olenna can do before the end.

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At the end of “Game of Thrones” Season 7, quite a few people got wiped out. The massive wildfire explosion at the Sept of Baelor took out quite a few highborn characters who had been essential to the war — and cleared out a lot of the enemies of Cersei Lannister.

The majority of the people who got blown up in the Cersei’s Season 6 finale power move were members of House Tyrell, the powerful lords who came to the Lannisters’ aid against Stannis Baratheon and the Starks during the War of the Five Kings.

So does that mean that House Tyrell has gone extinct? No, but it will be soon — there’s a reason why Lady Olenna, the Tyrell matriarch told Ellaria Sand in the Season 6 finale that “Cersei stole the future from me…survival is not what I’m after now.”

It’s true that most of House Tyrell is gone, despite several attempts at making lasting alliances. The Tyrells first tried to ally with Renly Baratheon when he made his claim for the Iron Throne, but when Stannis assassinated Renly, Lord Mace Tyrell and the rest of the family allied with the Lannisters.

Margaery Tyrell pledged to marry Joffrey Baratheon in order to combine the two houses — the Lannisters needed the Tyrells’ wealth and troops to keep fighting the war — and Loras Tyrell was pledged to marry Cersei. But even by then, Cersei had started to become suspicious of the Tyrells and worked to undermine the family. Meanwhile, Margaery and her grandmother, Lady Olenna, began working to manipulate and control Joffrey.

When Joffrey was poisoned at his wedding (by Lady Olenna, in fact), the next in line for the king, Tommen Baratheon, was pledged to Margaery. But the subsequent death of Tywin Lannister meant that Cersei was no longer forced to marry Loras. Later, when Cersei restored the Faith Militant, the military arm of the religion in King’s Landing, Loras was arrested and charged with “buggery.”

Loras’ trial for homosexuality, and Cersei’s for adultery, were both set to take place in the Sept of Baelor. Instead of attending, Cersei stayed in the Red Keep and ordered a cache of wildfire beneath the sept ignited. The explosion destroyed the building with Loras, Margaery and Mace Tyrell inside.

At this point, only Lady Olenna remains in House Tyrell, with seemingly no remaining known heirs now that Margaery and Loras dead.

There might be other Tyrells, but the show isn’t explicit about it. There’s some implication that the Tyrell handmaidens are actually cousins of the Tyrell heirs, which would imply there might be some other Tyrells floating around to take over the family. But the main Tyrell line certainly appears doomed at this point — from here, all that matters is how much damage Olenna can do before the end.

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