'Too Old to Die Young': Release date, plot, cast, trailer, and everything you need to know about Nicholas Winding Refn's new series
Yakuza soldiers, cartel assassins, teenage gang killers, and of course - the Mafia - make the Amazon series a perfect treat for enthusiasts of the crime genre.
Nicholas Winding Refn is all set to revolutionized the indie-crime genre with his upcoming series, 'Too Old to Die Young.' In that, not only we get to see cops unraveling the gritty webs of the underworld crime scene, but there are also ample Yakuza soldiers, cartel assassins, teenage gang killers, and of course - the Mafia - making it a perfect treat for enthusiasts of the genre.
While episodes four and five of the series premiered out of competition at the 2019 Cannes Film Festival on May 18, the full series is set to premiere on Amazon Video, this year, on June 14.
As revealed by the official synopsis of the show, the series follows a grieving police officer whose partner gets shot. The next obvious step for any intense cop thriller would be to track down this killer and put him behind bars, but the neo-noir drama makes the protagonist cop - played by Miles teller - join hands with his partner's killer. Therein kicks off the character's story, as he finds himself amidst the underworld, which has world-class hitmen galore, among the many other different kinds of assassins and criminals.
Director Winding Refn co-wrote the series with Ed Brubaker and Halley Wegryn Gross, with Brubaker also serving as a co-creator of the show. Refn, a Danish writer, director, and producer is best known for directing crime dramas like 'Bleeder' (1999) and the Pusher films (1996–2005), and the neo-noir crime film 'Drive' (2011.) His latest work was the psychological horror film 'The Neon Demon' (2016) featuring Elle Fanning and Jena Malone that unfurled the truths behind the glam of the fashion industry and the perils of greed for those in the fame and spotlight.
The young actor is best known for his superbly compelling performance as the protagonist in the 2014 Oscar-nominated film 'Whiplash', after rising to prominence with his lead role in 'The Spectacular Now.' His other notable works include 'Divergent,' 'Fantastic Four,' and the 2016 war comedy 'War Dogs,' where he starred opposite Jonah Hill. In 'Too Old to Die Young,' we see Teller leading as Martin - aka the cop who gets roped into the underworld's business - and it is not entirely an exaggeration to label his performance - as clear from the trailer - as anything short of splendid.
The American actress is known for her roles in films like 'Donnie Darko' and 'Stepmom,' and most recently she appeared in Refn's previous thriller, 'The Neon Demon.' Having played Johanna Mason in the Hunger Games film series, Malone is also an indie pop musician in two bands, Jena Malone and Her Bloodstains and The Shoe. 'Too Old to Die Young' sees Malone in the role of Diana, the kickass crimelord who employs the man who kills Martin's partner.
You might remember him as the merchant Sol Staron in the HBO series 'Deadwood', Dustin Powers on 'Eastbound & Down', and the backwoods meth addict Teardrop Dolly in 'Winter's Bone.' The Oscar-nominated actor plays the role of Viggo in 'Too Old to Die Young,' aka the criminal employed by Diana, who ends up killing Martin's partner, thus roping him into the underworld.
The series also stars Augusto Aguilera as Jesus, Cristina Rodlo as Yaritza, Nell Tiger Free as Janey, Billy Baldwin Babs Olusanmokun as Damia, and Callie Hernandez.
The trailer for the series kickstarts with Martin telling Viggo about a woman he 'killed the other night.' The two thus seem to bond over the feeling of emptiness that is associated with murder and which sets the perfect tone for the bloodbath and violence that's about to pan out in the show. Set in dark and neon-lit tones, there's no mistaking the trailer as a product from anybody but Refn, considering that it was a pivotal and consistent aesthetic in his previous film, 'The Neon Demon.' The background score in the trailer does a brilliant job at giving the viewers a vibe of all things sinister that's about to come their way as the plot progresses.
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