After “pausing” the release of director Craig Zobel’s (Z for Zachariah) The Hunt due to political controversy stoked by conservative media and a tweet by President Donald Trump, Universal has put the human-hunting movie back on its release slate and dropped a new trailer that has a slightly different tone than the original. The studio is leaning into the controversy that initially sidelined The Hunt and even using it as a selling point in the new movie synopsis and teaser poster.
The most talked about movie of the year is the one nobody has seen … yet.
Twelve strangers wake up in a clearing. They don’t know where they are, or how they got there. They don’t know they’ve been chosen… for a very specific purpose … The Hunt.
In the shadow of a dark internet conspiracy theory, a group of elites gathers for the very first time at a remote Manor House to hunt ordinary Americans for sport. But the elites’ master plan is about to be derailed because one of The Hunted, Crystal (Betty Gilpin, GLOW), knows The Hunters’ game better than they do. She turns the tables on the killers, picking them off, one by one, as she makes her way toward the mysterious woman (two-time Oscar® winner Hilary Swank) at the center of it all.
From Jason Blum, the producer of Get Out and The Purge series, and Damon Lindelof, creator of the HBO series Watchmen and co-creator of the TV series Lost, comes a timely and provocative new satirical thriller that has already ignited a national conversation. Now, it’s time to decide for yourself.
The Hunt was written (with Nick Cuse) by Lost co-creator Damon Lindelof. Ike Barinholtz and Emma Roberts also star.
The movie opens in theaters on March 13th.
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