It’s been hard to know what to expect from Paul Schrader‘s “The Canyons,” a collaboration with writer Bret Easton Ellis that features the unlikely leads Lindsay Lohan and porn star James Deen. And certainly, this first teaser trailer (well, the first one to feature actual footage) certainly isn’t what we would have predicted from the movie.
Going for a grindhouse style vibe, this teaser doesn’t offer much in the way of dialogue, but instead pushes the edgy nature of the material and provides the first glimpses of Lohan and Deen, with drugs and sex lurking not too far in the background. To bring you back up to speed, the digitally shot, micro-indie is a contemporary L.A. noir, exploring the dangers of sexual obsession and ambition, both personally and professionally, among a group of young people in their 20s and how one chance meeting connected to the past unravels all of their lives, resulting in deceit, paranoia and ultimately violence. The cast is mostly made of up-and-comers….and Gus Van Sant. Broken Social Scene member Brendan Canning will be providing the score (note: that’s not his music in the trailer).
Give it a look below. No release date yet, but according to the film’s official Facebook page, Lohan has alerady been shown a cut of the movie. Is a Sundance premiere around the corner? We shall see.