VANITY FAIR, by Yohana Desta
While many of us have been busy hailing Nicole Kidman’s well-deserved renaissance this year, Michelle Pfeiffer has been plotting a Hollywood comeback of her own. The actress took a lengthy hiatus from acting, revealing in a recent interview that she “disappeared” for a number of reasons—family life, to take care of her children, and because she had become so picky with scripts that she was nearly “unhireable.” Thankfully, she’s still Michelle Pfeiffer, a venerable actress who can get back in the game whenever she wants—which she’s doing full force this year.
First up in her slate is The Wizard of Lies, an HBO drama about the Bernie Madoff scandal. A new trailer for the film dropped on Wednesday, giving viewers a first look at Robert De Niro as the infamous fraud and Pfeiffer as his wife, Ruth Madoff, who gets caught up in her husband’s scandal. Pfeiffer easily slips into the role of Ruth, neatly adopting her jaunty Queens accent.
The Wizard of Lies, directed by Barry Levinson, will air on HBO on May 20.
Pfeiffer’s grand return will continue later this year. She’s got a plum role in Darren Aronofsky’s relationship drama Mother, which will also star Jennifer Lawrence, Javier Bardem, Kristen Wiig, and more. She’s also starring in Kenneth Branagh’s remake of Murder on the Orient Express, another star-studded affair; the cast includes Johnny Depp, Josh Gad, Daisy Ridley, Penélope Cruz, Judi Dench, Willem Dafoe, and more.
For those hankering for something a bit more Pfeiffer-centric, there’s also the indie drama Where Is Kyra? The actress plays the titular character, a down and out divorcee struggling to scrape together a living in New York City. The film, directed by Andrew Dosunmu and shot by star cinematographer Bradford Young, premiered at Sundance earlier this year and received rave reviews from critics, hailing her performance “a welcome return” in a “difficult, visually stunning study in psychic pain” (Variety) and “a haunting showcase” (Indiewire) for her talents—though unfortunately for Pfeiffer-heads, it does not yet have a release date.