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Focus Features paid $20 million for global distribution rights after a heavy bidding battle in Cannes. This is the highest amount ever paid for a film at a festival.
Although he is known as a fashion designer, Ford chose to leave the costuming in the film strictly to the costume designer. Not a single Tom Ford product appears in the film, as Ford "didn't want a commercial."
Laura Linney plays Amy Adams mother. In real life, she is only 10 years older than her.
Based on the book: "Tony and Susan". The book that Tony writes in the book is called "Nocturnal Animals" (so the writer chose that title).
Laura Linney replaced Kim Basinger.
Aaron Taylor-Johnson was cast as Ray Marcus after Tom Ford had dined with Aaron and his wife and longtime Ford friend Sam Taylor-Johnson. Aaron did not think he'd be suitable for the part at all, but over the course of dinner Ford saw a glimmer of something that he found intriguing in Aaron's facial expressions as he recounted a story at the dinner table.
Originally, Tom Ford intended to make two films based on Wright's novel: one which departed from the source's original story, and another which stuck to it.
Joaquin Phoenix was considered for a role, but eventually dropped out.
Amy Adams and Jake Gyllenhaal have been cast in another project called 'Ezekiel Moss' which would have been directed by Philip Seymour Hoffman. However, the project was scrapped after Hoffman's death in 2014.
Isla Fisher revealed on NBC's "Today" that the 'hillbilly' night shoot in California's Mojave Desert lasted about 10 days and was such a grueling and emotionally-draining experience that she was thoroughly relieved when the film wrapped.
George Clooney originally signed on as a producer, but ultimately backed out.
Tom Ford was looking forward to making a comedy before this film, but he has revealed it was so inappropriate that it's possible it will never be made.
Tom Ford edited his film at his London design studio where he would bide his time between his fashion fittings and editing for 4-5 hours daily.
Art references in the film include; a Jeff Koons 'balloon dog' sculpture, a Richard Misrach photograph, a Mark Bradford piece (custom made for the film), an Aaron Curry sculpture and an Alexander Calder 'mobile' all in Susan's home; a John Currin painting in Susan's gallery office. Much of the work came from the director's private collection.
This will be Jake Gyllenhaal's 35th film.
The film cast includes four Oscar nominees: Jake Gyllenhaal, Amy Adams, Michael Shannon, Laura Linney,
Jena Malone, who plays a character with last name Ross, played Gretchen Ross in Donnie Darko (2001). Also starring Jake Gyllenhaal.
The second time Michael Shannon plays a lawman named Bobby.
When Ray is sitting on the toilet outside his trailer you can see a bottle of shiner beer (specifically their popular brew "Shiner Bock") on the ground next to him. Shiner is brewed in Texas where the novel part of the film is set.
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Nocturnal Animals is the 2nd film written and directed by fashion designer Tom Ford after A Single Man (2009).
Film debut of Robert Aramayo.
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Jena Malone plays Lydia Bennett in Pride and Prejudice (2005) while Ellie Bamber appears in Pride and Prejudice and Zombies (2016) playing the same character.
Jena Malone and Karl Glusman also appeared in The Neon Demon (2016).
Amy Adams, Michael Shannon, and Jena Malone all appear in the DC Extended Universe in Man of Steel (2013) and Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016) with Adams appearing in further films and Malone appearing in the latter film in the "Ultimate Edition" while Aaron Taylor-Johnson appears in the Marvel Cinematic Universe with Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014) and Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015).
Jake Gyllenhaal and Graham Beckel previously appeared in Brokeback Mountain (2005).
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The trivia items below may give away important plot points.

Tom Ford has established in interviews that the ending is intended to be interpreted subjectively by the viewer. Edward did not show up, either because he still loves her and it is to painful to see her again, or because she gave him the inspiration and strength that he needed to write his masterpiece and move on. It is up to the audience to decide that.
This will be Jake Gyllenhaal's 3rd film where he plays a character who's wife passes away. The other two films are Demolition (2015) and Southpaw (2015)

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