Destroyer (2018 film)

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Destroyer poster.jpeg
Theatrical release poster
Directed byKaryn Kusama
Produced by
Written by
  • Phil Hay
  • Matt Manfredi
Music byTheodore Shapiro
CinematographyJulie Kirkwood
Edited byPlummy Tucker
  • 30West
  • Automatik Entertainment
Distributed byAnnapurna Pictures
Release date
  • August 31, 2018 (2018-08-31) (Telluride)
  • December 25, 2018 (2018-12-25) (United States)
Running time
123 minutes[1]
CountryUnited States

Destroyer is a 2018 crime thriller film directed by Karyn Kusama, from a screenplay by Phil Hay and Matt Manfredi. It stars Nicole Kidman, Toby Kebbell, Tatiana Maslany, Scoot McNairy, Bradley Whitford, and Sebastian Stan.

It had its world premiere at the Telluride Film Festival on August 31, 2018. It is scheduled to be theatrically released on December 25, 2018 by Annapurna Pictures.


LAPD detective Erin Bell, as a young cop, was placed undercover with a gang in the California desert with tragic results. When the leader of that gang re-emerges many years later, she must work her way back through the remaining members and into her own history with them to finally reckon with the demons that destroyed her past.



In August 2017, Nicole Kidman entered into talks to star in the film with Karyn Kusama directing, with the casting confirmed in October.[2][3] In November, Tatiana Maslany, Sebastian Stan, Bradley Whitford, Toby Kebbell, and Scoot McNairy were added to the cast, and filming commenced in Los Angeles in early December, with the rest of the cast filled out with the additions of Beau Knapp, Jade Pettyjohn, Toby Huss, Zach Villa, and James Jordan.[4][5][6] Annapurna Pictures will distribute the film for its United States release.[7]


It had its world premiere at the Telluride Film Festival on August 31, 2018.[8][9] It was also screened at the 2018 Toronto International Film Festival, in the Platform program.[10] It was also screened at AFI Fest on November 13, 2018.[11] It is scheduled to be released on December 25, 2018.[12]


  1. ^ "Destroyer". Toronto International Film Festival. Retrieved August 8, 2018.
  2. ^ "Nicole Kidman To Star In Karyn Kusama's 'Destroyer'". The Playlist. 2017-08-08. Retrieved 2018-07-09.
  3. ^ Hipes, Patrick (2017-10-04). "Nicole Kidman To Star In Karyn Kusama L.A. Crime Thriller 'Destroyer' With 30WEST Financing". Deadline. Retrieved 2018-07-09.
  4. ^ Busch, Anita (2017-11-15). "Tatiana Maslany, Sebastian Stan Join Nicole Kidman In 'Destroyer'". Deadline. Retrieved 2018-07-09.
  5. ^ N'Duka, Amanda (2017-11-28). "Bradley Whitford, Toby Kebbell, Scoot McNairy Board Nicole Kidman Starring Thriller 'Destroyer'". Deadline. Retrieved 2018-07-09.
  6. ^ N'Duka, Amanda (2017-12-04). "Beau Knapp, Jade Pettyjohn, Toby Huss & More Cast In Karyn Kusama's 'Destroyer'". Deadline. Retrieved 2018-07-09.
  7. ^ Wiseman, Andreas (2018-05-14). "Cannes All-Nighter: Annapurna Wins U.S. Rights To Nicole Kidman Crime-Thriller 'Destroyer'". Deadline. Retrieved 2018-07-09.
  8. ^ Tapley, Kristopher (August 30, 2018). "'First Man,' 'Front Runner' and 'Roma' Among 2018 Telluride Film Festival Selections". Variety. Retrieved August 30, 2018.
  9. ^ "Telluride Film Festival Program Guide" (PDF). Telluride Film Festival. Retrieved August 30, 2018.
  10. ^ Vlessing, Etan (August 8, 2018). "Toronto: Nicole Kidman Starrer 'Destroyer,' Alex Ross Perry's 'Her Smell' Join Festival Lineup". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved August 8, 2018.
  11. ^ Hammond, Pete (October 11, 2018). "AFI Fest Adds Gala Screenings 'Green Book', 'Widows', World Premiere Of Netflix's 'Bird Box' With Sandra Bullock And 'The Kominsky Method' TV Series". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved October 11, 2018.
  12. ^ "Destroyer". Variety. Retrieved August 14, 2018.

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