The Orchard’s just debuted the first trailer and poster for American Animals. The dramatic film’s trailer declares it’s not based on true events, instead insisting “this happened.” The first look at the thriller shows four friends pulling off petty crimes before becoming inspired to commit a major heist. The two and a half minute trailer features the foursome talking themselves into pulling off the robbery and shows clips of the planning of the heist.
Orchard’s planning a June 1, 2018 theatrical release for American Animals, and the thriller’s already had a successful festival run. The majority of festival reviews have been positive, with the film currently standing at 79% fresh on Rotten Tomatoes. Variety calls it a “riveting college-boy crime caper” and The Hollywood Reporter says it’s a “crackerjack real-life heist thriller.”
Bart Layton (The Imposter) wrote and directed American Animals. The cast includes Evan Peters (American Horror Story, X-Men: Days of Future Past), Barry Keoghan (The Killing of a Sacred Deer, Dunkirk), Blake Jenner (The Edge of Seventeen, Everybody Wants Some!), Jared Abrahamson (Travelers), Ann Dowd (The Handmaid’s Tale, The Leftovers), and Udo Kier (Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far on Foot).
The Plot: The extraordinary and thrilling true story of four friends (Evan Peters, Barry Keoghan, Blake Jenner, and Jared Abrahamson) living an ordinary existence who brazenly attempt to execute one of the most audacious art heists in US history. But not everything is as it seems, and as the daring theft unfolds through each of their perspectives, each of them start to question whether their attempts to inject excitement and purpose into their lives is simply a misguided attempt at achieving the American Dream.