“Legion” dance partners Aubrey Plaza and Jemaine Clement transition to big-screen scene partners with “An Evening with Beverly Luff Linn.” Universal Pictures has released the first trailer for comedy, which debuted in the Next section at January’s Sundance Film Festival. That was British director and co-writer Jim Hosking’s second consecutive trip to Park City with a project; he premiered his feature foray, “The Greasy Strangler,” there in 2016.
Plaza plays Lulu Danger, an ex-café employee just laid off by her boss and husband, Shane (Emile Hirsch, soon to be seen in Quentin Tarantino’s “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood”). During her newfound downtime, she catches a commercial for an upcoming performance from Beverly Luff Linn (Craig Robinson) — a magician from her past who dresses in head-to-toe plaid and says little. His show becomes the backdrop for the heist Shane engineers to save his business. Unfortunately for Shane, the hitman he hires (Clement) falls for his wife.
In his review, IndieWire’s Eric Kohn described the proceedings — all awkward flirting and bungled crimes, including men who wear women’s wigs to rob a convenience store — as “Three Stooges Meets David Lynch.” The executive producing team includes David Gordon Green; on the very same day “Beverly Luff Linn” hits cineplexes, Universal will also release his latest directing project, “Halloween.”
“An Evening with Beverly Luff Linn” comes to theaters, On Demand, and Digital HD on October 19. Watch the trailer below.