We were fans of Destroyer, director Karyn Kusama’s followup to her 2015 thriller The Invitation, when it made its North American debut at this year’s Fantastic Fest. At the time, we said that what made this particular variation on the rogue-cop movie special was the “collaboration between actress and director that gives Erin emotional, psychological, and even spiritual depth underneath her gruff, raspy-voiced exterior.”

You can see the extent of Kidman’s remarkable transformation in this first trailer for the film released earlier this morning, along with hints of the gritty LA underworld Kusama so vividly captures in the film.

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Destroyer debuts on December 25.