Disobedience, an upcoming film starring Rachel McAdams and Rachel Weisz, will explore a forbidden lesbian relationship in an Orthodox Jewish community. Still, it will feel familiar to queer, non-Orthodox male viewers. After all, a newly released trailer for Disobedience promises us a world full of clandestine same-sex make-outs, dramatic wig reveals, and lots and lots of beards. Sure, we’re talking full-on Orthodox Jewish beards and not the affectionate term for “fruit flies,” but beards are always important to mention.
Helmed by A Fantastic Woman director Sebastian Lelio, Disobedience will show what happens when Ronit (Rachel Weisz) returns to her Orthodox Jewish family after being exiled for a same-sex affair with Rachel McAdams’ character Esti. She then reconnects with Esti, which promises a fun ride for anyone who has ever fantasized about Regina George making out with Evie from The Mummy. (Like, we’re not even lesbians and we want to see that.)
Considering Lelio is hot off his winning streak for A Fantastic Woman, his newest film is sure to be at least entertaining. Plus, with McAdams and Weisz in the lead roles, Disobedience might actually be an Oscar contender next year. After all, Weisz has already won an Oscar (for The Constant Gardener in 2006), and McAdams was nominated in 2016 for Spotlight. Moreover, the last time a movie got dramatic mileage out of meaningful looks between closeted women (see: 2015’s Carol), it got like a gazillion nominations. (You can quote us on that at your next Oscars trivia night.)
Anyway, the trailer teases us a world full of “transgression,” “religion,” and “honor,” which honestly doesn’t sound that cool. But there are also British accents, steamy makeout seshes, and a very dramatic wig reveal a la Roxxxy Andrews on RuPaul’s Drag Race, so it’s safe to say we’re on board for this edgy Notebook sequel featuring lesbianism and Rachel Weisz.