'Viper Club' trailer: Susan Sarandon plays mother on quest to free captive son in this YouTube Original
Susan Sarandon surmounts all odds to rescue her journalist son from the clutches of terrorism in the YouTube Original 'Viper Club'
Actor and activist Susan Sarandon, who has been in the center of many humanitarian movements and never backed down from voicing her opinion, will now play a mother trying to rescue her son kidnapped by a group of terrorists, in an upcoming YouTube Originals film. While YouTube has mostly stuck to creating documentaries such as 'A Certain Kind of Death', 'Viper Club' is the first film to push the video-sharing website's boundaries with a theatrical release.
Helmed by American-Iranian director Maryam Keshavarz, 'Viper Club' is the second feature which follows Keshavarz's ongoing efforts, that received due appreciation in her Iranian coming-of-age drama 'Circumstance'. This movie, co-written by Jonathan Mastro (who collaborates regularly with Paolo Marinou-Blanco in Keshavarz's production company MaraKesh Films), will be distributed theatrically by Roadside Attractions.
Roadside’s Howard Cohen and Eric d’Arbeloff stated in a press release, "Susan Sarandon’s emotional, tour de force performance anchors Viper Club. She brings incredible humanity to a woman who, after being slow-walked by the government, takes matters into her own hands in a clandestine effort to free her captive son. It’s a compelling, timely story brilliantly captured and told by Maryam, and we are excited to be partnering with YouTube to bring the film to theaters this fall."
'Viper Club' depicts the incredible journey of E.R. nurse Helen (played by Sarandon) to rescue her journalist son, who has been kidnapped overseas.
With no assistance from the government, Helen comes in contact with an underground network of journalists who investigate Middle Eastern terrorist networks. As they try to collect the ransom money of $20 million, Helen soon grows a strong bond with the bearded Matt Bomer and the vigorous Edie Falco, who help her collect the amount by sending out her message to the world.
Produced by Anna Gerb, Neal Dodson, and Academy Award-nominee J.C. Chandor, the film has a seasoned cast that includes Matt Bomer ('Magic Mike XXL'), Edie Falco ('Nurse Jackie') and Adepero Oduye ('Pariah'), as well as Lola Kirke ('Mozart in the Jungle') and Julian Morris ('Hand of God') in supporting roles. 'Viper Club' will debut at the Toronto International Film Festival and hit theaters on October 26. The film will be available for streaming in 2019 on YouTube Premium.
Watch the trailer below: