Chris Hemsworth is increasingly a big part of Netflix’s summer plans. The Extraction star returns to heat the season up with the anticipated Spiderhead, a sci-fi thriller from Top Gun: Maverick director Joseph Kosinski and co-starring Miles Teller with Jurnee Smollett.
Based on the George Saunders short story adapted by Deadpool writers Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick, Spiderhead centers on Hemsworth’s Steve Abnesti, a scientist in the near-future, who uses inmates at the titular prison as guinea pigs for his emotion-altering experiments. Teller plays Jeff, a test subject who falls in love with another, the mysterious Lizzy, and must do everything he can to outmanuever the experiments and rescue her.
While I’m personally kind of bored of dystopian future sci-fi, this looks pretty good and like it’ll have a healthy dose of dark comedy. Hemsworth, in particular, seems to be going way over-the-top, which is always fun to see him do.
Spiderhead hits Netflix on June 17th.
In a state-of-the-art penitentiary run by brilliant visionary Steve Abnesti (Chris Hemsworth), inmates wear a surgically attached device that administers dosages of mind-altering drugs in exchange for commuted sentences. There are no bars, no cells, or orange jumpsuits. In Spiderhead, incarcerated volunteers are free to be themselves. Until they’re not. At times, they’re a better version. Need to lighten up? There’s a drug for that. At a loss for words? There’s a drug for that, too. But when two subjects, Jeff (Miles Teller) and Lizzy (Jurnee Smollett), form a connection, their path to redemption take a twistier turn, as Abnesti’s experiments start to push the limits of free will altogether. Based on The New Yorker short story by George Saunders, SPIDERHEAD is a genre-bending and darkly funny psychological thriller directed by Joseph Kosinski (TRON: Legacy, Top Gun: Maverick) and written by Rhett Reese & Paul Wernick (Deadpool, Zombieland).