‘Kill Your Friends’ NSFW Trailer Surrounds Nicholas Hoult with Sex, Drugs & Pop Rock

     August 24, 2015

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Nicholas Hoult has gone from About a Boy to War Boy, playing a zombie, a mutant superhero, and a giant slayer in his young career. Now, he stars as Steven Stelfox, an A&R (Artists & Repertoire) man tasked with finding the next big musical megahit in Britain in the final days of the 20th century. As you might expect from the title, Kill Your Friends takes place in the cutthroat world of artistic acquisitions, which Stelfox takes to the extreme. Owen Harris directs the adaptation of John Niven’s 2008 novel that centers on a record company’s talent scout caught up in the gratuitous world of sex, drugs, and pop rock superstars. As this first NSFW trailer shows, Stelfox is steeped in the vices of his own success and looks to be in danger of becoming Britain’s version of an American Psycho.

Kill Your Friends is Hoult’s next picture, followed by Drake Doremus’ sci-fi drama Equals, and writer-director Eran Creevy’s action-thriller Collide, before reprising his role as Beast in Bryan Singer’s X-Men: ApocalypseKill Your Friends also stars Ed SkreinJames CordenRosanna ArquetteTom Riley, and Georgia King, and opens in the U.K. on November 6th after playing at Toronto International Film Festival. Currently there’s no U.S. theater release date, but that may change after TIFF.


Watch the NSFW trailer for Kill Your Friends below:

Here’s the book synopsis from Niven’s novel by the same title (via Amazon):

As the twentieth century breathes its very last, with Britpop at its zenith, twenty-seven-year-old A&R man Steven Stelfox is slashing and burning his way through London’s music industry. Blithely crisscrossing the globe in search of the next megahit—fueled by greed and inhuman quantities of cocaine—Stelfox freely indulges in an unending orgy of self-gratification. But the industry is changing fast and the hits are drying up, and the only way he’s going to salvage his sagging career is by taking the idea of “cutthroat” to murderous new levels.


Nicholas Hoult stars in the 'Kill Your Friends' adaptation. Nicholas Hoult stars in the 'Kill Your Friends' adaptation.


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