J.J. Abrams releases mysterious new ‘Stranger’ teaser

Aug. 19, 2013 | 11:33 a.m.

J.J. Abrams’ production company Bad Robot has released a mysterious new teaser for a project labeled “Stranger.”

It’s a beautifully shot, subtle piece of black-and-white filmmaking that concludes with a haunting image of a man with his lips sewn shut. We’re guessing this has nothing to do with Abrams’ next planned feature, the much-anticipated “Star Wars: Episode VII,” due to go into production next year.

Abrams, of course, values secrecy as a key means to surprising audiences in both his film and television projects, and it’s hard to draw too many conclusions from the teaser.

The director, famously, kept his cards close to the vest concerning the big baddie in his summer blockbuster, “Star Trek Into Darkness.” For months, Benedict Cumberbatch’s villain was known only by the name John Harrison, and not that other, far more well-known moniker.

Anyone who might have missed “Into Darkness” in theaters can learn the truth on Sept. 10, when the film comes to DVD.

Do you have theories about “Stranger”? Leave them in the comments section below.

J.J. Abrams, who has made a name for himself writing, directing and producing such hits as "Lost" and "Star Trek," was tapped in January to direct "Star Wars: Episode VII." (Tracey Nearmy / European Pressphoto Agency)

Abrams made his first foray into television in 1998, co-creating the coming-of-age drama "Felicity," which starred Keri Russell as the title character. The show won a Golden Globe and an Emmy. (The WB)

Abrams created the Jennifer Garner-starring spy thriller series "Alias," which won four Emmys and a Golden Globe. (Norman Jean Roy / ABC)

J.J. Abrams on the set of "Mission: Impossible III," the first feature film he directed. The film earned nearly $400 million at the worldwide box office. (Paramount Pictures)

Director J.J. Abrams and star Tom Cruise on the set of "Mission: Impossible III." (Paramount Pictures)

Director J.J. Abrams and star Tom Cruise pose atop Shanghai's historic Bund 18 building after wrapping up filming in China for "Mission: Impossible III" on Nov. 30, 2005. (Associated Press)

Abrams co-created "Lost" with Jeffrey Lieber and Damon Lindelof. The suspense-filled show followed a group of people after their plane crashed on an island. The massively popular series became a cultural touchstone, with millions of viewers tuning in for twist after twist. (ABC)

J.J. Abrams is photographed in Los Angeles in April 2006. (Bob Chamberlin / Los Angeles Times

J.J. Abrams, second from left, poses with the cast members from "Fringe," a sci-fi television series he co-created with Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci. (Rich Lam / Getty Images)

J.J. Abrams reveals his first casting for his 2009 reboot of "Star Trek" during a 2007 Comic-Con panel in San Diego. (Spencer Weiner / Los Angeles Times)

A scene from Abrams' 2009 film "Star Trek," which raked in more than $385 million worldwide. (Paramount Pictures)

Steven Spielberg, left, co-produced the 2011 film "Super 8," which J.J. Abrams wrote and directed. The pair are shown here at a 2009 dinner honoring Spielberg in Beverly Hills. (Michael Kovac / WireImage)

J.J. Abrams and Steven Spielberg on the set of "Super 8." (Paramount Pictures)

Director J.J. Abrams and actor Kyle Chandler on the set of "Super 8." (Paramount Pictures)

Young actors Joel Courtney and Riley Griffiths discuss a scene with director J.J. Abrams on the set of "Super 8." (Paramount Pictures)

J.J. Abrams, left, and Eric Kripke executive produce the post-apocalyptic adventure series "Revolution." The pair are photographed here at Abrams' company Bad Robot in Santa Monica on Aug. 20, 2012. (Al Seib / Los Angeles Times)

Abrams, second from left, shares the stage with "Star Trek Into Darkness" actor Benedict Cumberbatch, star Chris Pine and producer Bryan Burk during a December 2012 press conference for the sequel to their 2009 blockbuster. (Koji Sasahara / Associated Press)

J.J. Abrams and his wife Katie McGrath are co-chairs of the Children's Defense Fund of California. They're photographed here in December 2012. (Mark Davis / Getty Images)

J.J. Abrams is photographed in Beverly Hills in June 2011. (Jay L. Clendenin / Los Angeles Times)

J.J. Abrams is photographed in Beverly Hills in June 2011. (Jay L. Clendenin / Los Angeles Times)

– Gina McIntyre | @LATHeroComplex

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Comments


4 Responses to J.J. Abrams releases mysterious new ‘Stranger’ teaser

  1. Doug E Roberts says:

    Could this be the project currently being written by Dustin Lance Black ??

  2. David says:

    Someone else noticed that Soon he will know fades out in the order "know he will soon".

  3. Jacob says:

    Sayid washing up from the sub explosion

  4. Will says:

    Waiting is

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