IFC Films has released the first official U.S. trailer for Andrew Niccol’s drone warfare drama “Good Kill.” The film premiered in competition for the Golden Bear at the Venice Film Festival and also screened at the Toronto International Film Festival.
Fresh off his Best Supporting Actor Oscar nomination for “Boyhood,” Ethan Hawke steps into the role of an Air Force pilot who comes to miss the contact of combat when he’s relegated to flying drones. Forced to fight using nothing but a remote controller for 12 hours a day, the pilot begins to question his mission as Niccol examines the psychology behind some of modern warfare’s most instrumental procedures.
“Good Kill” marks Niccol’s first film since the disastrous YA-adapted “The Host” in 2013, though something about the timely and dramatic premise seems much more suited for the “Lord of War” director. The film co-stars January Jones, Bruce Greenwood, Zoe Kravitz and Jake Abel. IFC will release the drama May 15.