‘The Guilty’ Trailer: Jake Gyllenhaal Leads Antoine Fuqua’s Remake Of Danish Cop Thriller

Jake Gyllenhaal has been a fan of The Guilty before it even became a thing. That is, he was hugely into the original Danish version of the thriller, directed by Gustav Möller and released in 2018. The actor loved it, moderating Q&S to show his support before ultimately pushing to get an American remake made with Antoine Fuqua behind the camera. The two worked together previously on the boxing drama, Southpaw, but this collaboration would be different. Because of COVID-19 they never actually got together during production, with Fuqua stationed inside of a parked van the whole time. Weird, eh?

Set over the course of a single day, The Guilty stars Gyllenhaal as a disgraced cop working the 911 desk. What seems like an ordinary shift goes haywire when he’s called by a woman who claims to have been kidnapped. What unfolds from there reveals itself to nothing that the call operator expected.

Adding to the film’s serious cred is a script by True Detective writer Nic Pizolatto. A stacked cast includes Ethan Hawke, Riley Keough, Paul Dano, Peter Sarsgaard, Da’Vine Joy Randolph, and Bill Burr.

Netflix is going all-in with the marketing for this, too. Over the weekend, Gyllenhaal began posting a phone number to call that would play the first chilling phone encounter in the film. That phone number was also displayed in the skies above Los Angeles, assuming anyone could see it through the smog.

The Guilty hits Netflix on October 1st, but will play in select theaters on September 24th.

Travis Hopson has been reviewing movies before he even knew there was such a thing. Having grown up on a combination of bad '80s movies, pro wrestling, comic books, and hip-hop, Travis is uniquely positioned to geek out on just about everything under the sun. A vampire who walks during the day and refuses to sleep, Travis is the co-creator and lead writer for Punch Drunk Critics. He is also a contributor to Good Morning Washington, WBAL Morning News, and WETA Around Town. In the five minutes a day he's not working, Travis is also a voice actor, podcaster, and Twitch gamer. Travis is a voting member of the Critics Choice Association (CCA), Washington DC Area Film Critics Association (WAFCA), and Late Night programmer for the Lakefront Film Festival.