First Photos of Amy Adams & Christoph Waltz in Tim Burton’s BIG EYES

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You know, to be honest, I’ve almost completely forgotten about Tim Burton’s upcoming drama Big Eyes.

Thanks to USA Today, we’ve got our first look at the December 25 release, starring Amy Adams and Christoph Waltz as the husband-and-wife Margaret and Walter Keane, whose doe-eyed children paintings became phenomenal in the 1960s.

Waltz plays disgraced artist, known for what he claimed to be his kitsch paintings of wide-eyed children, while Adams portrays his wife who took him to court for taking credit for her works.

Adams told USA Today:

“Margaret really believed that as a woman, people would not buy her art… [Walter] convinced her the life they were able to lead was because the artist was a man, who could sell more art at a higher price than a woman.”

She added of the story’s building tension:

“This all seems so theatrical, like something you would design for a film. But that actually happened. Living the lie was something that weighed heavy on Margaret. But she won her name back.”

And Waltz said:

“I remember the pictures from the 1960s, they were everywhere. We train ourselves to look for drama, to go for conflict because those are the stories worth telling. It would be expected that this (situation) too would be something extraordinary.”

A cast also includes Jason Schwartzman (Moonrise Kingdom), Danny Huston (Hitchcock), Terence Stamp (The Art of the Steal) and Krysten Ritter (Breaking Bad). How comes Johnny Depp and Helena Bonham Carter are not in this movie? It’ll be interesting to see Burton makes a movie without Depp roaming around in some costume for the first time in a while.

Alrighty then. We can expect to see the teaser soon.

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Walter Keane became a national celebrity and talk show fixture in the 1950s after he pioneered the mass production of prints of big-eyed kids, and used his marketing savvy to sell them cheaply in hardware stores and gas stations across the country. Unfortunately, he claimed to be the artist. That role was played by Margaret, his shy wife. She generated the paintings from their basement and Walter’s contribution was adding his signature to the bottom. The ruse broke up their marriage, and when she tried to make it known that she authored the paintings, they ended up in a court battle after Walter called her crazy. The case culminated in a dramatic courtroom showdown. The judge put up two easels, side by side, and challenged each of them to start painting. He begged off, blaming a shoulder injury, while she dashed off her familiar big-eyed creation.