We’ve talked about the upcoming William Friedkin directed, NC-17 rated, film Killer Joe a few times on the site and on the podcast, and now we finally have a trailer to go along with all the buzz. Emile Hirsch stars as a guy who falls in with the wrong crowd and owes a large sum of money. Money which he doesn’t have, so he decides to hire Matthew McConaughey, a full-time cop, and part time hit man, to kill his mother in order to collect the life insurance. Friedkin has directed many great films in the past, including The Exorcist, so naturally I’m quite excited to see this. Trailer and synopsis are after the break.
When 22-year-old Chris (Emile Hirsch) finds himself in debt to a drug lord, he hires a hit man to dispatch his mother, whose $50,000 life insurance policy benefits his sister Dottie (Juno Temple). Chris finds Joe Cooper (Matthew McConaughey), a creepy, crazy Dallas cop who moonlights as a contract killer. When Chris can’t pay Joe upfront, Joe sets his sight on Dottie as collateral for the job. The contract killer and his hostage develop an unusual bond. Like from a modern-day, twisted fairy tale, “Killer Joe” Cooper becomes the prince to Dottie’s Cinderella. Based on the play by Pulitzer and Tony Award winner Tracy Letts, “Killer Joe” is a garish, proactive black comedy from Academy Award-winning director William Friedkin (The Exorcist, The French Connection) and stars Emile Hirsch, Matthew McConaughey, Juno Temple, Thomas Hayden Church, and Gina Gershon.