The first trailer for the new adaptation of the romance classic 'Wuthering Heights' is such an arty affair, that you'd swear it was directed by hat connoisseur Terrence Malick. (It's not: Andrea Arnold, whose previous films include 'Fish Tank' and the Oscar-winning short 'Wasp,' handles 'Wuthering Heights.') Still, the ample shots of insects aren't the only difference between this version of Emily Bronte's famed novel and past screen incarnations: this is the first to feature a black actor playing the brooding Heathcliff -- a role that's been played by Laurence Olivier, Ralph Fiennes and Tom Hardy.

James Howson stars as the adult Heathcliff in his first major film role, with Kaya Scodelario -- whose credits include 'Skins,' 'Moon' and 'Clash of the Titans' -- as Heathcliff's love, Cathy. The picture played both the Venice Film Festival and the Toronto International Film Festival, where it was picked up by Oscilloscope for an eventual U.S. release.



Compare the new trailer to one for the classic 1939 adaptation, starring Olivier and Merle Oberon:



And to the 1992 version starring Ralph Fiennes and Juliet Binoche:



[via Slashfilm]