‘Motherless Brooklyn’: Edward Norton Finally Brings His Jonathan Lethem Adaptation To The Screen

The Playlist | 8/22/2019 | Tyler Casalini
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After reportedly stewing on the back-burner for nearly two decades, Edward Norton’s “Motherless Brooklyn” has finally become a reality. Based on Jonathan Lethem’s novel of the same name, Norton (“Keeping the Faith,” “American History X,” “Fight Club”) wrote and directed this noir mystery set in 1950s New York City, and we now have our first trailer courtesy of Warner Bros.

“Motherless Brooklyn” centers on Lionel Essrog, played by Norton himself, an isolated, obsessive-compulsive detective who takes aim at solving the murder of his mentor Frank Minna, played by Bruce Willis (“Die Hard,” “Pulp Fiction,” “The Sixth Sense”). Along the way, Lionel seemingly strikes up a companionship with Laura Rose, an exclusively new character who is given life by Gugu Mbatha-Raw (“Belle,” “A Wrinkle in Time,” “Fast Color”).

Synopsis

Here’s the official synopsis:

Lionel Essrog (Edward Norton), a lonely private detective living with Tourette Syndrome, ventures to solve the murder of his mentor and only friend, Frank Minna (Bruce Willis). Armed only with a few clues and the engine of his obsessive mind, Lionel unravels closely-guarded secrets that hold the fate of New York in the balance. In a mystery that carries him from gin-soaked jazz clubs in Harlem to the hard-edged slums of Brooklyn and, finally, into the gilded halls of New York’s power brokers, Lionel contends with thugs, corruption and the most dangerous man in the city to honor his friend and save the woman who might be his own salvation.

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