EXCLUSIVE: An Emotional Jessica Biel Confronts Patrick Wilson in the Thriller 'A Kind of Murder'

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Cat and mouse is a dangerous game to play as Walter Stackhouse (Patrick Wilson) quickly learns in the new thriller, A Kind of Murder, in theaters and on demand Dec. 16. And ET has your exclusive first look at an emotionally-charged scene with co-star Jessica Biel, who plays Walter’s wife, Clara.

The scene showcases the emotional frailty of the seemingly happy couple’s marriage that quickly spirals out of control when a new woman (The Girl on the Train’s Haley Bennett) captures Walter’s attention. (Watch a trailer for the film below.)

The film, written by Susan Boyd and directed by Andy Goddard (Downton Abbey), is based on Patricia Highsmith’s psychological thriller, The Blunderer. The 1954 novel -- the second to be published on Highsmith’s name -- is the latest to get the screen treatment, following Alfred Hitchcock’s adaptation of Strangers on a Train and The Talent Mr. Ripley starring Matt Damon and Gwyneth Paltrow and most recently, 2015’s Carol.

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Based on the novel, The Price of Salt, the Todd Haynes film starred Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara in the romantic drama about two women who fall in love after a chance encounter at a department store. The film went on to be nominated for six Academy Awards, including Best Actress for Blanchett.

A Kind of Murder leads the release of several new films from the actress, who has recently returned to the screen after giving birth to her first child, Silas Randall Timberlake, with husband Justin Timberlake.

Timberlake’s animated film, Trolls, came out in November and has since earned Critics’ Choice Award, Golden Globe and GRAMMY nominations for its featured song, “Can’t Stop the Feeling.”