'Motherless Brooklyn': Release date, plot, cast, trailer and everything you need to know about the Edward Norton movie

'Motherless Brooklyn': Release date, plot, cast, trailer and everything you need to know about the Edward Norton movie

After a hiatus of three years, Edward Norton will be back on screen with the upcoming Warner Bros' movie 'Motherless Brooklyn', written, directed, and produced by him.

Vaguely based on a 1999 novel of the same name by Jonathan Lethem, the movie is all about revisiting the bygone era of New York City, through events that shaped the Big Apple as we know it today.

Release Date

The period crime-drama-thriller is all set to release in theaters on November 1, 2019.


'Motherless Brooklyn' is the journey of Lionel Essrog, a private eye with Tourette's syndrome. Set against the backdrop of 1950s New York, the story follows Lionel’s life, who finds it challenging to work or socialize, owing to his syndrome.

But he is good at his job nevertheless. He finds a mentor and only friend in Frank (Bruce Willis), but as luck would have it, he soon loses Frank to a murder.

Hyperactive as he is, Lionel does not rest until he finds the perpetrators of Frank's murder and, in the process, unravels a bigger, darker, socio-political conspiracy that would soon change the face of New York City.



Willem Dafoe, Edward Norton, and Gugu Mbatha-Raw in a promo event for 'Motherless Brooklyn'. (IMDb)

‘Motherless Brooklyn’ showcases a powerful ensemble cast of who's who of Hollywood, including Bruce Willis, Alec Baldwin, Willem Dafoe ('Spiderman', 'Aquaman', 'Murder on the Orient Express'), Dallas Roberts ('The Good Wife', 'FBI', American Crime), along with Edward Norton and Gugu Mbatha-Raw ('Beauty & The Beast', 'Belle', 'Beyond The Lights')  in lead roles among many other popular actors.


Edward Norton has written the screenplay and directed the movie. He adapted the script from a 1999 novel of the same name penned by Jonathan Lethem.

Norton has also produced the show under the banner of Warner Bros. Norton is a prominent Hollywood figure, who shot to fame with his incredible performances in movies like 'The Illusionist', 'Fight Club', 'Birdman' and 'American History X'.



Releasing on November 1, 'Motherless Brooklyn' will mark a comeback of sorts for actor, filmmaker and activist Edward Norton. The last he was seen in a prominent role was in 'Collateral Beauty'.

He picked up Jonathan Lethem's 1999 novel as the base for the screenplay and has turned it into a project that became his personal and professional passion project.

In a recent conversation with a leading daily, Norton shared his journey of the movie, from penning down the script to seeing his perspective come alive on camera. A challenging but impactful experience, Norton finds himself attached to the project that took nearly two decades to take shape.


Sneak a peek at the star-studded journey through New York City in the 50s.



Where to Watch

Warner Bros' 'Motherless Brooklyn' is releasing across the United States on November 1, so you can catch it right away at the theaters.

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