Nicholas Hoult (Warm Bodies, X-Men) stars Kill Your Friends, a great-looking film set in the cut-throat world of the Britpop music industry in the late '90s. It’s a dark comedy thriller that is based on the John Niven novel of the same name. This is unlike anything we’ve seen Holt do before, and judging from what I’ve seen in the trailer, he’s going to give a very different and impressive performance. He plays a music executive who will kill to get what he wants and further his career.
London, 1997; the British music industry is on a winning streak. Britpop bands Blur, Oasis, Radiohead rule the airwaves and Cool Britannia is in full swing. 27-year-old hit chasing A&R man Steven Stelfox (Nicholas Hoult) is slashing and burning his way through the music business, a world where ‘no one knows anything’ and where careers are made and broken by chance and the fickle tastes of the general public – “Yeah, those animals”.
Fueled by greed, ambition and inhuman quantities of drugs, Stelfox searches for his next hit record amid a relentless orgy of self-gratification. Created by an industry that demands success at any price, as the hits dry up and the industry begins to change, Stelfox takes the concept of ‘killer tunes’ to a murderous new level in a desperate attempt to salvage his career.
Kill Your Friends is a dark, satirical and hysterically funny evisceration of the Nineties music business. A time and place populated by frauds, charlatans and bluffers; where ambition is a higher currency than talent, and where it seems anything can be achieved – as long as you want it badly enough.
Kill Your Friends also stars James Corden, Georgia King, Craig Roberts, Tom Riley, Joseph Mawle, Edward Hogg, Ed Skrein, Moritz Bleibtreu, and Rosanna Arquette. It will be released in the UK on November 6th, but as of right now there is no US release date.