Evil step-parents beware! The teenager you are currently Cinderella-ing may just be plotting your demise! All teenagers possess the ability to be evil soul-sucking beings, but the girls in Focus Features’ Thoroughbreds take the psychopathic cake. The first full-length trailer for the film was just released, and it’s easy to see why there has been so much buzz surrounding the project since it’s festival premiere.
The black comedy, written and directed by first-timer Cory Finley, premiered at Sundance in January of 2017 and will be released March 9th, 2018. It stars two of the hottest names in horror in Anya Taylor-Joy (The Witch, Split) and Olivia Cooke (Bates Motel, Ouija) and features one of the final performances by the late Anton Yelchin (Fright Night, Star Trek).
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.
This trailer, similar in tone to the teaser released a few months ago, focuses on the unique personality traits of the two female stars. Lily (Taylor-Joy) is empathetic and feels too much emotion, while Amanda (Cooke) is the polar opposite. She feels nothing and will work to help her friend be rid of the step-father that plagues and controls her life. They go on to hire Yelchin’s Tim to handle the job, leading to murderous hi-jinks and once again proving that rich idle hands just hire someone else to do the devil’s work.