Stranger Things actor Joe Keery goes a little nuts on social media in the upcoming comedy-thriller Spree.
A red band trailer has arrived for the film, which has Keery playing unstable 23-year-old rideshare driver Kurt, a role far from the likes of Steve Harrington. Kurt really wants to be social media famous – and he’ll do anything to make sure he attracts a following, including streaming increasingly insane and deadly rides. SNL alum Sasheer Zamata plays a stand-up comedian who could be the one to put an end to the carnage.
It certainly appears to be going the dark comedy route with some satirical leanings, although we’ll see if the macabre events are crafted in ways that can actually deliver laughs. Keery sure looks to be putting in his all – a smart play to show some range. The film is directed and co-written by Eugene Kotlyarenko, who’s been cutting his teeth on the indie circuit with previous features such as Wobble Palace and A Wonderful Cloud.
Spree, also starring Mischa Barton, John DeLuca, Josh Ovalle, Lala Kent, Frankie Grande, Kyle Mooney and David Arquette, gets a U.S. release in limited cinemas, On Demand and Digital on August 14th.
Official synopsis for Spree:
Meet Kurt (Joe Keery), a 23-year-old rideshare driver for Spree, who is so desperate for social media attention that he’ll stop at nothing to go viral. He comes up with a plan to livestream a rampage as a shortcut to infamy – coining his evil scheme “#thelesson”, he installs a set of cameras in his car and begins streaming his rides. Wildly miscalculating the popularity that would come from his lethal scheme, Kurt’s desperation grows as he tries to find a way to overcome the plan’s flaws. In the middle of all this madness, a stand-up comedian (Sasheer Zamata) with her own viral agenda crosses Kurt’s path and becomes the only hope to put a stop to his misguided carnage.