Red-Band Trailer for KILL YOUR FRIENDS Starring Nicholas Hoult

Director Owen Harris' adaptation of John Niven's 2008 novel, Kill Your Friends, will have it's premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival next month and today we get the first, NSFW trailer for it. Set around protagonist Steven Stelfox (Nicholas Hoult), who is unhappy about his current position as an A&R agent in 1997, he is uninterested in most music, is jealous of his coworkers' success in finding successful acts and, as a result, hatches a series of devious acts that leaves several dead on his road to self-fulfilled glory and recognition. The trailer as well as the description give off a very American Psycho vibe which apparently the book received comparisons to as well. That said, the fact this portrayal of such a character circles the music industry makes it all the more interesting from my perspective. Hoult has certainly been on something of a rise as well over the last few years, making this project all the more interesting, and with this being one of four upcoming projects he has releasing through summer of next year he will undoubtedly only be adding more clout to his name. While Friends may not be the one to breakthrough in some bigger way in the states (it currently has a UK release date of November 6th, but nothing in the U.S.) it certainly looks like a grand opportunity for the actor to stretch himself and deliver something that will live on past it's initial release. Kill Your Friends also stars Ed Skrein, James Corden, Rosanna Arquette, Tom Riley, and Georgia King.

Synopsis: As the twentieth century breathes its very last, with Britpop at its zenith, twenty-seven-year-old A&R man Steven Stelfox is slashing and burning his way through London’s music industry. Blithely crisscrossing the globe in search of the next megahit—fueled by greed and inhuman quantities of cocaine—Stelfox freely indulges in an unending orgy of self-gratification. But the industry is changing fast and the hits are drying up, and the only way he’s going to salvage his sagging career is by taking the idea of “cutthroat” to murderous new levels.

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