Susan Sarandon will stop at nothing to save her kidnapped son in the first trailer for “Viper Club”, set to premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival this week.
Directed by Iranian-American filmmaker Maryam Keshavarz, the film sees Sarandon’s character, Helen, on a mission to save her son who is kidnapped while reporting overseas. With no help from the government, Helen finds assistance from a “clandestine community of journalists, advocates, and philanthropists,” including Matt Bomer and Edie Falco.
“People are getting desensitized by the 24-hour news cycle, and I felt like people should be more outraged about what’s happening to these journalists and aid workers,” Keshavarz told EW.
“That was the first step, to really ground it in the perspective of this family. I’ve worked in Iran and Lebanon, I’ve shot films there, I’ve been in insane danger, and I’ve always thought, If I got into trouble, how would my family negotiate all this?”
The movie, co-written by Keshavarz and Jonathan Mastro, also stars Lola Kirke, Julian Morris, Sheila Vand, and Adepero Oduye.
“Viper Club” is scheduled to hit select theatres October 26 and will be added to YouTube’s Premium channel in 2019.