Fresh off his turn as the crazed Nux in Mad Max: Fury Road, Nicholas Hoult plays a much different kind of maniac in the first trailer for Kill Your Friends. The film is debuting in the U.K. November 6, after premiering at Fantasy FilmFest and the Toronto International Film Festival earlier this year, but a U.S. release date has not been given quite yet. As you can see in the trailer below, Nicholas Hoult plays a character unlike any he's portrayed before
Based on John Niven's best-selling novel, Kill Your Friends is a jet-black comedy about a music executive at the height of the Britpop era who will stop at nothing to further his career. Britpop bands Blur, Oasis, Radiohead rule the airwaves and Cool Britannia is in full swing. 27-year-old hit chasing A&R man Steven Stelfox (Nicholas Hoult) is slashing and burning his way through the music business, a world where careers are made and broken by chance and the fickle tastes of the general public.
In an industry of dream-makers, Stelfox refuses to buy into the 'dream' - and despises anyone that does. Fuelled by greed, ambition and inhuman quantities of drugs, Stelfox searches for his next hit record amid a relentless orgy of self-gratification. Created by an industry that demands success at any price, Stelfox takes the concept of 'killer tunes' to a murderous new level in a desperate attempt to salvage his career. Balanced against the backdrop of the music business and its characters, Stelfox is the ultimate anti-hero: chronically sexist, racist, and everything else-ist.
Kill Your Friends is a dark, satirical and hysterically funny evisceration of the Nineties music business in London. A time and place populated by frauds, charlatans and bluffers; where ambition is a higher currency than talent, and where it seems anything can be achieved - as long as you want it badly enough. When the road to success is littered with losers and even your closest colleagues are desperate for you to fail, what would you do to make it to the top?
The supporting cast is rounded out by Rosanna Arquette, James Corden, Ed Skrein, Craig Roberts, Tom Riley, Georgia King, Joseph Mawle and Moritz Bleibtreu. Owen Harris (The Gamechangers) directs from a screenplay adaptation written by author John Niven. We'll keep you posted if Kill Your Friends lands a U.S. release date, but until then, take a look at this international trailer.