Six years after his last film—Gone Girl, 2014—filmmaker David Fincher is back with a project that pays tribute to one of the best films in cinema history. Mank is a biopic that explores the making of Citizen Kane through the eyes of its screenwriter, Herman Mankiewicz, played by Gary Oldman. The film will show is select theatres in November before a Netflix premiere on Dec. 4.

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The filmmaker behind titles such as Fight Club and The Social Network returns to feature films with Mank, one of his most personal projects, after several years of TV and producing work.

Drawing on a script written by his father, Fincher conducts a review of 1940s Hollywood through the creation of Citizen Kane — the 1941 film directed by Orson Welles and written by Herman Mankiewicz, the main character of the biopic.

Through vignettes, Fincher's film follows the making of the 1941 classic and the relationship that Mankiewicz forms with businessman William Randolph Hearst (Charles Dance), who inspired the "Charles Foster Kane" character.

Mank: David Fincher's Oscar contender for Netflix?

With Mank, Fincher and Netflix enter an unusual and highly-competitive race to win the Oscar in April of next year.

If the film earns a Best Picture nod, it would be Fincher's third nomination, following The Curious Case of Benjamin Button and The Social Network, for which he also received a Best Director nomination.

Mank's cast also features Tom Burke (as Orson Welles), Amanda Seyfried, Lily Collins, Charles Dance, Tom Pelphrey and Tuppence Middleton. Watch for the Netflix premiere on Dec. 4. For more, click here to see David Fincher's best films or the previous series of Mank preview shots.


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