Robert Rodriguez is directing the surreal psychological thriller, which will be released on May 12.
Ben Affleck is dealing with another gone girl.
The “Air” director-star helms Robert Rodriguez’s surreal psychological thriller “Hypnotic.” Affleck stars as a detective who finds himself down a rabbit hole as he investigates a series of reality-bending crimes mysteriously connected to his missing daughter, according to the official synopsis. With the help of a gifted psychic, he is chased by a deadly ghost who he believes is the key to finding his daughter…but more rabbit holes await.
The “Gone Girl” actor is joined by Alice Braga, JD Pardo, Hala Finley, Dayo Okeniyi, Jeff Fahey, Jackie Earle Haley and William Fichtner.
Director Rodriguez opened “Hypnotic” two decades ago. Production was shut down three times during the COVID-19 pandemic, and the film was hit with an insurance lawsuit as the film’s main financier and distributor went under Solstice. “Hypnotic” spent two years in post-production without an American buyer, per Deadline. Ketchup Entertainment will handle the limited theatrical release.
Rodriguez said the film faced “otherworldly” challenges and that the script was “changed every day to get it done”.
“Hypnotic” was listed as a “work in progress” at SXSW earlier this year.
“We’re going to fly,” Rodriguez said before the screening. “I was talking to Ben and I said, ‘Ben man, it’s going to be like the 90s again! Remember when we shot fast and loose, guerrilla-style, handheld, on the run, on a 22-day shoot. I was so happy to have Ben with me, Ben is the best. He said, “Yeah, man, I’ve been on set so long, I didn’t think anyone would shoot like that anymore.” Well, we have no choice.”
The filmmaker compared “Hypnotic” to Hitchcock thrillers such as “Psycho” and “Vertigo.”
“I’ve been working on this film for many years now, and to see the reaction of my hometown audience at SXSW was humbling and rewarding,” Rodriguez said at the festival. “I can’t wait to share it with all movie lovers who want to experience a crazy fun ride full of unexpected twists and turns.”
“Hypnotic” opens in theaters on May 12.
Check out the trailer below, courtesy of IGN.
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