Spring Breakers trailer has lots of bikinis, Skrillex
Not content to be remembered as "that guy who made KIDS" or "the dude who is interested in terrifying melted-faced freaks in Nashville, Tennessee", Harmony Korine has added "the guy who has gleefully tarnished the angelic reputations of former Disney stars" to his resume.
The trailer for his latest film, Spring Breakers, dropped today, and it sure is something!
Here's the 411: "Faith (Selena Gomez), Candy (Vanessa Hudgens), Brit (Ashley Benson), and Cotty (Rachel Korine) are best friends since grade school. They live together in a college dorm and want to go on an adventure. For spring break, they want to hit Florida to celebrate their vacation, so they decide to rob a restaurant to finance their trip. While in Florida, they get busted at a party for drugs, and land in jail. Alien (James Franco), a drug and arms dealer, bails them out to do some dirty work."
Ready to see all that happen IRL, with bonus Skrillex and James Franco in his douchiest incarnation EVER?
The film looks to be, as blogger Coketalk so sagely put it, "an epic poem, an Odyssey of American trash culture".
(It also seems to be the first time in a long time that James Franco isn't playing James Franco, which is encouraging; "a cross between Bo Derek in 10 and Richard Kiel in Moonraker", in the words of The Hollywood Reporter's David Rooney.)
Spring Breakers is also the latest offering from Megan Ellison's Annapurna Pictures production company: Ellison is the daughter of billionaire Larry Ellison (CEO of Oracle Corporation), and is considered by many to be independent and/or just plain interesting filmmaking's great white hope, as she is taking a so-called "Silicone Valley approach" to film funding and providing money to projects that might otherwise be considered too risky for major production companies to consider.
So far Annapurna's catalogue includes Zero Dark Thirty, The Master, Killing Them Softly, and the Coen brothers' True Grit remake, so if that's any indication of her eye for quality, Spring Breakers may not be as trashy as its trailer suggests.
No Australian release date has been set at this stage, but the film is due for release in the States in March.