John David Washington is on the run in this newly released clip from Netflix's upcoming thriller, Beckett. Directed by Ferdinando Cito Filomarino, the movie is due to hit the streaming platform in a few days' time, and based on the footage so far it looks to be an intense mystery with a stellar performance at its center.
Beckett finds John David Washington starring as the titular character, Beckett, one half of a vacationing couple who fall trap to a violent conspiracy with tragic consequences while in in Athens and the Epirus region of Greece. While enjoying their vacation, Beckett suddenly finds himself the target of a manhunt after a devastating accident. Forced to run for his life and desperate to reach the U.S. embassy in Athens to clear his name, tensions escalate as the authorities close in, political unrest mounts, and Beckett falls even deeper into a dangerous web of conspiracy.
Alongside John David Washington, Beckett stars Alicia Vikander (Tomb Raider) as April, Boyd Holbrook (Logan) as Tynan, and Vicky Krieps (Hanna, A Most Wanted Man) as Lena. The movie is directed by Italian film director and screenwriter Ferdinando Cito Filomarino, and is being produced by Luca Guadagnino (Call Me by Your Name, Suspiria). Originally titled "Born to Be Murdered", the thriller's script has been written by Kevin Rice from a story by Filomarino.
Details surrounding the specificity of this conspiracy, who's behind it or why Beckett is being hunted remain a tantalizing mystery throughout the majority of the movie's runtime, and this complete secrecy is something that drew director Ferdinando Cito Filomarino to the project in the first place. "Like you just said with the audience and Beckett, that was key to me," the filmmaker said. "The premise of the film was just, you know, this kind of Manhunt Thriller. There's a lot of story, there's a lot of things going on, and in some ways you can say there's lot of information."
Being thrown into the confusion of the conspiracy alongside Beckett will likely allow audiences to navigate the plot in a similar way to the main character, with neither knowing what exactly is going to happen. According to Filomarino, this element was crucial when trying to create the sense of tension that drives the story. "It's a recipe that includes various things, which more or less have to do with mystery, a sense of danger and uneasiness," he explained. "If you consider things that happen that are technically not supposed to happen, if you see a cop draw a gun on you, in theory, if you're not a criminal, that's unusual and definitely inspires fear. But I think the first thing that sparked everything to me was the idea of starting to film in a more dramatic tone, and then hijacking that with the genre element. That change in tone is key to establishing the tension to begin with, instead of starting right away with a chase, you know?"
Beckett had its world premiere at the 74th Locarno Film Festival on August 4, 2021, and is scheduled to be released on August 13, 2021, by Netflix.