The film is directed by Dan Gilroy, most famous for his stunning 2014 directorial-debut Nightcrawler. Now, it seems that he has teamed up once again with Jake Gyllenhaal (Donnie Darko, Brokeback Mountain) to bring us another twisted satire, this time taking aim at L.A.’s art scene. The film stars Gyllenhaal as Morf Vandewalt, a pretentious gallery owner who comes into possession of some seemingly cursed artworks. Once on public display, things begin to get a little frightening.
Cast alongside him are John Malkovich (Bird Box), Toni Collette (Hereditary), Rene Russo (Nightcrawler), Natalia Dyer (Stranger Things) and many more. The trailer teases a Netflix release for February 1, 2019, and it’s sure to attract even greater attention when it drops. Take a look at the trailer below:
Five years after 2014’s Nightcrawler, Rene Russo, Jake Gyllenhaal, and writer/director Dan Gilroy have reunited for another genre-bending thriller. Velvet Buzzsaw premieres on February 1. pic.twitter.com/1oOsB515H4— Netflix Film (@NetflixFilm) January 10, 2019
The film is set to have its world-premiere at the prestigious Sundance Film Festival on January 27, 2019, before it drops on Netflix for the masses to analyse and dissect. The trailer certainly teases a lot going on, with an abundance of fresh, maniacal ideas being thrown around in abandon. The film’s comments on greed and shallow conceit within the L.A. art scene look well observed, and it would be wise to assume that Gilroy and the cast have a lot of shocks in store for us.
Velvet Buzzsaw looks delightfully deranged; let’s hope that Gilroy’s vision remains distinct throughout, without surrendering to the chaos of its subject. We can anticipate more surreal imagery and creative concepts to reach us when it hits Netflix next month. In the meantime, why not check out the equally strange trailer for Jordan Peele’s Weird City.