First SELF/LESS Trailer Features Ben Kingsley and Ryan Reynolds as the Same Man

     March 4, 2015


Focus Features just released the very first trailer for Tarsem Singh‘s latest, Self/less, a psychological science fiction thriller about a man dying from cancer (Ben Kingsley) who decides to transfer his consciousness into the body of a healthy, younger man (Ryan Reynolds). The procedure works, but he soon comes to realize that “immortality has some side effects.”

There’s something about the whole consciousness transfer thing that’s feeling a little too familiar right now, but if a film’s got Singh’s name on it, I’m in no matter what. Some of his movies are better than others, but Singh certainly knows how to entertain and compose thoughtful, stunning visuals. My biggest concern with this is whether or not writers Alex and David Pastor can take the concept to a new, believable level that goes beyond what we see in this trailer.

You can check out the first Self/less trailer and the new teaser poster below, and, in case you missed it, click here to take a look at the mysterious cell phone viral marketing campaign that kicked off yesterday for the film. Self/less also stars Matthew GoodeMichelle Dockery, Natalie Martinez, Victor Garber and Derek Luke, and is due in theaters on July 31st.

Via Focus Features.

Here’s the official synopsis for Self/less:

In this provocative psychological science fiction thriller, an extremely wealthy man (Academy Award® Winner Ben Kingsley) dying from cancer undergoes a radical medical procedure that transfers his consciousness into the body of a healthy young man (Ryan Reynolds). But all is not as it seems when he starts to uncover the mystery of the body’s origin and the organization that will kill to protect its cause.


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