Edward Norton and Bruce Willis look dapper at the Motherless Brooklyn premiere while Gugu Mbatha-Raw stuns in yellow silk

He spent nearly 20 years struggling to bring Jonathan Lethem's award-winning novel Motherless Brooklyn to the screen.

And Edward Norton, 50, arrived triumphant at the film's premiere Friday night in New York City as the closing film of the 57th annual New York Film Festival, where he was joined by his co-stars Bruce Willis, 64, and Gugu Mbatha-Raw, 36.

The three lead the neo-noir detective thriller, which had its world premiere in August at the Telluride Film Festival. 

Star power: Edward Norton, 50, writer and director of the upcoming Motherless Brooklyn, led the premiere of his film Friday in New York City with co-stars Bruce Willis, 64, and Gugu Mbatha-Raw, 36

Star power: Edward Norton, 50, writer and director of the upcoming Motherless Brooklyn, led the premiere of his film Friday in New York City with co-stars Bruce Willis, 64, and Gugu Mbatha-Raw, 36

Edward looked effortlessly dapper in a gray suit with an intricate diamond pattern.

He paired the suit with a classic black tie and matched it with a set of gleaming black loafers with gold adornments.

The writer and director of Motherless Brooklyn showed off some designer stubble and had his close-cut brown hair slicked back.

He was joined by his wife Shauna Robertson, who wore a short cream-colored sack dress wife a pink bow around her collar and a pair of peach-colored platform heels.

Dapper: Edward looked classy in a gray suit with an intricate diamond pattern

Dapper: Edward looked classy in a gray suit with an intricate diamond pattern

Cute couple: He was joined by his wife Shauna Robertson, who wore a short cream-colored sack dress wife a pink bow around her collar and a pair of peach-colored platform heels

Cute couple: He was joined by his wife Shauna Robertson, who wore a short cream-colored sack dress wife a pink bow around her collar and a pair of peach-colored platform heels

Prestigious spot: Edward's film premiered as the closing film at the 57th New York Film Festival

Prestigious spot: Edward's film premiered as the closing film at the 57th New York Film Festival

Also joining the premiere was Bruce Willis, who mixed classy and casual with a navy blue blazer and a pair of dark jeans.

He wore a pale blue dress shirt under his jacket, though he skipped a tie and left it unbuttoned.

The Glass star went arm–in–arm with his wife Emma Heming Willis, who glowed in a burgundy dress covered in hundreds of glittering rhinestones.

The short look highlighted her trim, tanned legs, and she accessorized with an aquamarine clutch.

Bruce is featured in Motherless Brooklyn as Frank Minna, the head of a private detective agency in the 1950s who also has connections to underworld figures.

When he's murdered by unidentified mobsters, his protégé Lionel Essrog (Norton), who suffers from Tourette Syndrome, sets out to find out who killed him, but the quest takes him further than he ever imagined into the dark forces plotting out the future design of New York City.

Mix and match: Also joining the premiere was Bruce Willis, who mixed classy and casual with a navy blue blazer and a pair of dark jeans. His wife Emma Heming Willis stunned in a burgundy dress covered in rhinestones

Mix and match: Also joining the premiere was Bruce Willis, who mixed classy and casual with a navy blue blazer and a pair of dark jeans. His wife Emma Heming Willis stunned in a burgundy dress covered in rhinestones

Leading Men: Edward stars as Lionel Essrog, a private detective in the 1950s suffering from Tourette Syndrome who investigates the murder of his mentor Frank Minna (Bruce Willis); pictured with Willem Dafoe (L)

Leading Men: Edward stars as Lionel Essrog, a private detective in the 1950s suffering from Tourette Syndrome who investigates the murder of his mentor Frank Minna (Bruce Willis); pictured with Willem Dafoe (L)

Leading lady: In the course of his investigations, Lionel turns for answers to the well-connected Laura Rose, played by Gugu Mbatha-Raw; still from Motherless Brooklyn

Leading lady: In the course of his investigations, Lionel turns for answers to the well-connected Laura Rose, played by Gugu Mbatha-Raw; still from Motherless Brooklyn

In the course of his investigations, Lionel turns for answers to the well-connected Laura Rose, played by Gugu Mbatha-Raw.

The English actress added a splash of color to the red carpet with her lustrous canary yellow dress.

The off–the–shoulder look featured a long, flowing train, and she wore an elegant strand of diamonds around her neck.

The Fast Color actress channeled 1920s style with a lightly waved bob. 

Glowing outfit: Gugu added a splash of color to the red carpet with her lustrous canary yellow dress

Glowing outfit: Gugu added a splash of color to the red carpet with her lustrous canary yellow dress

Go glam like Gugu in a Miu Miu gown

Gugu Mbatha-Raw made a glamorous appearance as she arrived at the Motherless Brooklyn premiere this week.

The actress certainly stood out in this canary yellow satin gown from Miu Miu, which she wore with Fred Leighton jewellery - as styled by leith Clark.

The little sister label to Italian brand Prada, Miu Miu is loved amongst celebs for its feminine approach to style.

We're obsesed with Gugu's one-of-a-kind look. Featuring an elegant bardot neckline and an oversized bow along the back, it truly is a romantic pick.

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The off–the–shoulder look featured a long, flowing train, and she wore an elegant strand of diamonds around her neck
The Fast Color actress channeled 1920s style with a lightly waved bob

Gorgeous gown: The off–the–shoulder look featured a long, flowing train. The Fast Color actress channeled 1920s style with a lightly waved bob

Sparkling jewels: Gugu wore long tear drop–shaped earrings and a strand of diamonds around her throat

Sparkling jewels: Gugu wore long tear drop–shaped earrings and a strand of diamonds around her throat

Willem Dafoe looked smart in a pale brown suit paired with a casual black polo shirt.

Bobby Canavale, who plays one of the rising detectives, looked dapper in a navy suit with a purple tie.

Josh Pais dressed down in a charcoal sweater with black slacks and a black coat.

Motherless Brooklyn will be released in theaters on November 1.

Classy: Willem Dafoe looked smart in a pale brown suit paired with a casual black polo shirt

Classy: Willem Dafoe looked smart in a pale brown suit paired with a casual black polo shirt

Dashing star: Bobby Canavale, who plays one of the rising detectives, looked dapper in a navy suit with a purple tie

Dashing star: Bobby Canavale, who plays one of the rising detectives, looked dapper in a navy suit with a purple tie

Low key: Josh Pais (2nd R) dressed down in a charcoal sweater with black slacks and a black coat

Low key: Josh Pais (2nd R) dressed down in a charcoal sweater with black slacks and a black coat

Coming soon: Motherless Brooklyn will be released in theaters on November 1

Coming soon: Motherless Brooklyn will be released in theaters on November 1

Edward Norton, Bruce Willis and Gugu Mbatha-Raw lead at the Motherless Brooklyn premiere

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