Curious Case of Benjamin Button

David Fincher’s film, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, was released in the theatres on Christmas Day, heralded by a number of trailers and television commercials. The film, featuring Brad Pitt and Cate Blanchett, is an adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s 1921 short story of the same name. Apple’s Benjamin Button site includes two trailers and a round table discussion by actors on working with David Fincher.

Benjamin Button in the mirror

The 30 second teaser (for cinema and television) features Arcade Fire’s song, “My Body is a Cage”. Click on the image below to play the video.

The 2:40 trailer presents more of a glimpse of Benjamin Button in his journey from old age to infancy. Click on the image below to play the video.

The film started shooting in November 2006 in New Orleans, before moving on to the Virgin Islands, Montreal, and L.A.. Both Zodiac and this film are co-productions of Paramount Pictures and Warner Bros. Pictures. In the Roundtable discussion, “Working with David”, Fincher and members of the cast listen to the perspectives of Julia Ormond (Caroline), Taraji P. Henson (Queenie), Mahershalalhashbaz Ali (Tizzy) and Brad Pitt (Benjamin Button).

Actors from The Curious Case of Benjamin Button with director David Fincher


David Fincher worked with cinematographer Claudio Miranda, producers Ceán Chaffin, Kathleen Kennedy, Frank Marshall and associate producer Jim Davidson.

Editors were Kirk Baxter and Angus Wall at Rock Paper Scissors.

The budget for the film was estimated at $150 million, partly due to the CGI effects used to reverse the aging in Brad Pitt’s character. Visual effects were designed at Digital Domain, Ollin Studio, Asylum FX, Matte World and Evil Eye Pictures.