Eastern Promises is a 2007 drama and thriller feature film directed by David Cronenberg. The screenplay is by Steve Knight, whose previous credits include Stephen Frears' Dirty Pretty Things. The film follows the mysterious and ruthless Nikolai (Viggo Mortensen), who is tied to one of London's most notorious organized crime families. His carefully maintained existence is jarred when he crosses paths with Anna (Naomi Watts), an innocent midwife trying to right a wrong, who accidentally uncovers potential evidence against the family. Now Nikolai must put into motion a harrowing chain of murder, deceit, and retribution. Release is scheduled for September 14, 2007.