Focus Features has released the first red-band trailer for the upcoming dark comedy Thoroughbreds starring Olivia Cooke, Anya Taylor-Joy, and the late Anton Yelchin.
Written and directed by playwright Cory Finley, Thoroughbreds is a thriller about two privileged girls in Connecticut. The girls are played by rising stars Olivia Cooke of Bates Motel, and the upcoming Steven Spielberg adaptation of Ready Player One, and Anya Taylor-Joy of Split, The Witch, and The New Mutants, who rekindle their friendship, only to end up plotting to kill one of their stepfathers (Paul Sparks of Boardwalk Empire, The Girlfriend Experience, The Night Of and House Of Cards…pretty much in every great TV show) with the help of a local drug dealer played by the late, great Anton Yelchin in one of the last roles.
The film debuted at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year to positive reviews, and this trailer makes it look like a lot of fun. Check out the NSFW trailer for Thoroughbreds below:
Though it’s a very quick trailer and doesn’t give away too much, you can be certain that what these women want Tim to do with that gun probably isn’t very nice. The synopsis dances around the motivation but things aren’t looking good for step-dad, Paul Sparks. The trailer has a great rhythmic energy to it, reminiscent of Park Chan-wook’s The Handmaiden teaser from a year ago.
Both Cooke and Taylor-Joy have surfaced as great new talents with Taylor-Joy breaking out in The Witch and then Split, and Cooke starring on the TV series Bates Motel before landing a prime role in Steven Spielberg’s upcoming blockbuster Ready Player One. Thoroughbreds looks like it could hit just as the two are about to emerge even bigger.
Here’s the official synopsis for Thoroughbreds:
Childhood friends Lily and Amanda reconnect in suburban Connecticut after years of growing apart. Lily has turned into a polished, upper-class teenager, with a fancy boarding school on her transcript and a coveted internship on her resume; Amanda has developed a sharp wit and her own particular attitude, but all in the process of becoming a social outcast. Though they initially seem completely at odds, the pair bond over Lily’s contempt for her oppressive stepfather, Mark, and as their friendship grows, they begin to bring out one another’s most destructive tendencies. Their ambitions lead them to hire a local hustler, Tim, and take matters into their own hands to set their lives straight.
You can also check out the official poster for Thoroughbreds below:
Thoroughbreds will open in theaters on March 9, 2018.
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