What happens when Denzel Washington and Rami Malek play cops teaming up to find a killer?


Warner Bros. has released the gripping trailer for The Little Things, which touts three strong performances from a trio of Oscar winners: Denzel Washington, Rami Malek, and Jared Leto. The official trailer for the forthcoming thriller arrives just once day after we got a new image of Washington and Leto‘s characters. Notably, The Little Things is one of the first movies in a hefty schedule of Warner Bros. pictures that will launch day and date on HBO Max in 2021.

The trailer for The Little Things is a dark, grim affair that opens with Sheriff Joe “Deke” Deacon (Washington) sitting next to the body of a young woman in the morgue, asking her to give clues about who killed her. It’s a haunting start to a trailer that evokes David Fincher‘s highly-praised Netflix series Mindhunter in the tone and aesthetic of its vision of Los Angeles. Over the course of two-plus minutes, we’re fed the basic plot of The Little Things: Deke and L.A. Sheriff Department Sergeant Jim Baxter (Malek) are part of an all-hands hunt for a serial killer on the loose in the city. The investigation brings forth one primary suspect (Leto) and unearths a lot of trauma for Deke that he hoped would stay buried. What’s clear in the trailer for The Little Things is that Washington, Malek, and Leto have all stepped up their game for this movie. Each actor appears to be bringing their own unique gravitas to their work — a necessary ingredient for a crime thriller, a genre where movies fare better when there are real, emotional performances anchoring the story.

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John Lee Hancock (Saving Mr. BanksThe Blind Side) directs The Little Things from his own script. In addition to the starry trio of Washington, Malek, and Leto at the center of The Little Things, the Warner Bros. feature stars Natalie Morales (Battle of the Sexes), Chris Bauer (True Blood), and Terry Kinney (Billions). The Little Things is produced by Oscar- and Emmy-winning producer Mark Johnson (Breaking Bad) and Hancock, with Mike Drake and Kevin McCormick serving as executive producers.

The Little Things will launch in theaters and on HBO Max on January 29, 2021. Watch the official trailer below. For more, find out what Warner Bros. movies are coming to HBO Max in 2021.

Here is the official synopsis and poster for The Little Things:

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.


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