“Bad Blood” has always been one of our favorite tracks off Taylor Swift’s “1989,” so we’re glad its finally getting the single treatment (just in time for summer), with Kendrick Lamar joining forces with her for a new remix. But Lamar isn’t the only one joining her for the “Kill Bill” meets “Sin City” music video directed by Joseph Kahn, which is surely Swift’s most ambitious music video yet. Swift has brought with her a literal army of famous folks, from Selena Gomez to Cindy Crawford to Lena Dunham to Ellie Goulding. It’s a bit all over the place, but definitely a fun watch.
Here’s the official synopsis (you’ll probably want to read it over when you’re done watching if you want to know what actually was going on)…
The music video begins with Catastrophe (Taylor Swift) and Arsyn (Selena Gomez) fighting off a group of men wearing suits in an office. When all of the men are defeated, Arsyn decides to betray Catastrophe by kicking her out of a window. The song begins with Catastrophe laying on a broken car, as Welvin da Great (Kendrick Lamar) begins to rap his verse. Catastrophe is shown being nursed back to health by The Trinity (Hailee Steinfeld), and after some time, she is ready to start training for her revenge. She is shown training in different scenarios with all of the other characters in the video, including knife-fighting with Cut-Throat (Zendaya), boxing with Knockout (Karlie Kloss), riding motorcycles with Domino (Jessica Alba), and others such as The Crimson Curse (Hayley Williams), Destructa X (Ellie Goulding), Frostbyte (Lily Aldridge), Slay-Z (Gigi Hadid), Lucky Fiori (Lena Dunham), Dilemma (Serayah), Luna (Ellen Pompeo), Justice (Mariska Hargitay), Mother Chucker (Cara Delevingne), Homeslice (Martha Hunt), and Headmistress (Cindy Crawford). When her training is complete, Catastrophe and her friends exact their revenge on Arsyn and her henchmen. The two teams approach each other while an enormous explosion goes off in the background, and the video ends with both of the women simultaneously striking each other in the face.
And here’s the video: