Jake Gyllenhaal is about to learn that all art is dangerous. He has re-teamed with his Nightcrawler director for something entirely frightening and original. Netflix invites you to watch Velvet Buzzsaw, which exclusively hits the streaming service on February 1, 2019.
Velvet Buzzsaw is a thriller set in the contemporary art world scene of Los Angeles where big money artists and mega-collectors pay a high price when art collides with commerce. Jake Gyllenhaal, Rene Russo, Toni Collette, Zawe Ashton, Tom Sturridge, Natalia Dyer, Daveed Diggs, Billy Magnussen, and John Malkovich star in the new mind-bending film written and directed by Dan Gilroy.
Velvet Buzzsaw is a new Netflix satirical thriller that embeds itself in the world of Art as seen through the eyes of a Los Angeles critic and collector. Things will never be the same as high priced masterpieces clash with the commerce side of the industry.
Directed and Written By Dan Gilroy, this is the filmmaker's second collaboration with leading man Jake Gyllenhaal. The two first made waves with their electrically charged 2014 thriller Nightcrawler, which starred Gyllenhaal as Louis Bloom, a con man desperate for work, who muscles his way into the world of L.A. crime journalism, He soon blurs the line between observer and participant to become the star of his own story. The Oscar nominated film serves as Gilroy's directorial debut. He moved onto the drama Roman J. Israel, Esq. starring Denzel Washington in 2017, though that courtroom thriller didn't manage to get much notice.
Gilroy got his star in Hollywood as a screenwriter, penning the script for true cult favorite Freejack, which stars Emilio Estevez, Rene Russo and Mick Jagger. He also wrote the 1994 comedy Chasers starring former Playboy Playmate Erika Eleniak. He also penned the 2005 thriller Two for the Money which paired Al Pacino and Matthew McConaughey. Certainly an auspicious start for the award season favorite, he also recently collaborated on the screenplay for Kong: Skull Island, Real Steel and The Bourne Legacy.
Jake Gyllenhaal is no stranger to Netflix Original Films. He starred in the critically acclaimed thriller Okja in 2017, which was one of Netflix's biggest releases up until that time. The actor was most recently seen in the acclaimed Western The Sister Brothers. He'll next appear as the good guy turned villain Mysterio in Marvel and Sony's Spider-Man: Far From Home. He also has a number of other high profile projects on the horizon.
Velvet Buzzsaw is produced by Jennifer Fox. Betsy Danbury serves as the executive producer. You can check out the first trailer director from Netflix streaming Youtube Channel. Will it arrive as another big phenomenon in the style of Bird Box? Or will it quickly be forgotten and shuffled off into the Netflix graveyard of forgotten originals? We'll find out on February 1.