Currently trending topics of conversation include the ever-increasing wage disparity between classes, white privilege vs white guilt, and cultural causes of psychopathic behavior. So when the first trailer for writer-director Kevin Asch’s drama Affluenzahit earlier today, I couldn’t quite tell if the film was well-timed in its prescience or incredibly tone deaf to contemporary social issues. I suppose I’ll have to wait and see how this loose adaptation of “The Great Gatsby” pans out to find out for sure, but the trailer plays like a teaser for a soap opera series on The CW. If that’s your thing, enjoy!
Starring Ben Rosenfield, Nicola Peltz, Grant Gustin, and Gregg Sulkin, Affluenza debuts in theaters and on VOD July 11th. Hit the jump to watch the first Affluenza trailer.
Check out the first Affluenza trailer below (via EW):
Loosely based on The Great Gatsby, Affluenza finds a middle class kid (Boardwalk Empire’s Ben Rosenfield) thrust into the upper crust party scene of Great Neck, Long Island with his privileged cousin Kate (Bates Motel’s Nicola Peltz) and her cabal of volatile admirers and friends (including The Flash’s Grant Gustin and Faking It‘s Gregg Sulkin).
Disney’s ‘Tomorrowland’ got the win yesterday, but will end up battling ‘Pitch Perfect 2’ for dominance over the long holiday weekend. Meanwhile, the ‘Poltergeist’ reboot opens on target, ‘Mad Max: Fury Road’ remains strong and ‘Age of Ultron’ gets set to pass $400 million domestic.