We’ll eventually see him return as Rick Grimes in those planned Walking Dead movies, but first here’s Andrew Lincoln in something completely different. Later this month, drama film Penguin Bloom launches on Netflix, and this new trailer for it promises that it’ll be a heartfelt tale – that may bring some awards buzz for its leading lady, Naomi Watts. Catch the trailer in the player above.
Penguin Bloom stars the Academy Award-nominated actress as Sam Bloom, “a dedicated wife and mother of two whose idyllic home on the Australian shore becomes a self-made prison as she struggles to cope with paralysis in the wake of a freak accident.” Her unlikely light at the end of the tunnel comes in the form of an injured magpie that Sam’s children take in. She bonds with the bird and it helps her along the road towards her own “soulful recovery”.
Lincoln plays Sam’s photographer husband, Cameron, who does all he can to nurse her back to emotional and physical health. The movie is based on the true story of the Bloom family, whom Watts met and befriended as she prepared for the challenging role. Penguin Bloom premiered at the 2020 Toronto Film Festival to positive reviews, with critics praising Watts’ performance and the direction of Glendyn Ivin.
After this, Watts has a couple of other movies on the way – action flick Boss Level, with Mel Gibson and Michelle Yeoh, and drama This is the Night, from Blumhouse’s Jason Blum. As for Lincoln, he’s coming off the back of a theater run as Scrooge in A Christmas Carol and is poised to return to The Walking Dead universe for his own spinoff films, which will likely start shooting later this year.
Penguin Bloom hits Australian cinemas a week before it arrives in the US, the UK and other territories around the world via Netflix on January 27th.