Netflix released today the official trailer for its upcoming original film The Outsider, starring Jared Leto.
Set in post-WWII Japan, the action crime drama revolves around Leto’s character, an emprisoned American soldier who enters the dark world of the yakuza (Japan’s criminal underworld/mafia) and adopts their way of life in repayment for his freedom.
Written and directed by Andrew Baldwin, The Outsider also stars Tadanobu Asano, Rory Cochrane, Kippei Shîna, Emile Hirsch, Shioli Kutsuna, Sôtarô, and others.
The trailer opens with Leto in bed with a naked woman, whose back is covered in tattoos. As she explains to him their meaning, he says he understands, adding “In life, sometimes we fight the current, other times it’s important to flow with the river.” One of the scenes features Tadanobu Asano’s character, who is a yakuza, saying that “to become a yakuza is a choice” and that “you could never go back”. Leto’s character is thrust into a series of assassinations that lead to him becoming a target, as well. When he finds himself alone, threatened with a gun by a gang’s leader, he manages to get out of the dangerous situation in a surprising way, killing the “enemies”.
The song used in the trailer is “Madness” by American electronic pop singer-songwriter Ruelle, from her 2016 album, “Madness”.
The Outsider will be released by the streaming service this spring, on March 9.