The official trailer has landed for Emerald Fennell’s hotly anticipated Saltburn film, with Barry Keoghan and Jacob Elordi (donning an English accent) at the helm. Set predominantly on a country estate named Saltburn, it looks like a debaucherous, Riot Club style drama analysing class politics. Here’s everything you need to know.
The Official Trailer For Emerald Fennell’s Saltburn Film Has Landed
She was last seen as Midge – the weird pregnant doll – in Greta Gerwig’s Barbie, but you’ll also recognise Emerald Fennell as Camilla Parker Bowles in the fourth season of The Crown. Behind the scenes, though, her feature directorial debut, Promising Young Woman (2020), earned Fennell an Oscar for Best Original Screenplay in 2021. Her hotly anticipated follow-up, Saltburn, is thus causing quite the stir. And, at long last, we have an official trailer, exuding the debaucherous vibes we expected from this high-society drama. Here it is…
What Will Saltburn Be About?
With an opening shot of Oxford University’s iconic Radcliffe Camera building, the trailer immediately whisks us off to a glamorous ball, with tuxedos, gowns and Barry Keoghan donning a Scouse accent in the role of Oliver. Unable to go home for the summer, Oliver is invited by his aristocratic friend Felix (Jacob Elordi) to go home with him for the summer – to his stately manor, Saltburn. Thus ensues a summer of partying, with Oliver grappling to find his place amid Felix’s posh friends.
So, is it a romance? Is it a mystery? Is it a drama? Only time will tell – but Indiewire also revealed that Amazon Studios (the company behind the film, along with its offshoot MGM) is describing the film as ‘a wicked tale of privilege and desire’, and plenty of stories are circling joking that Saltburn will be ‘a promising young gay film’. So expect a little more drama and intrigue inside that mysterious estate.
In 2022, GQ described Saltburn as Keoghan’s ‘first lead role’ after a plethora of supporting roles, namely The Banshees of Inisherin, The Green Knight, Dunkirk and The Killing of a Sacred Deer. Elordi will star hot off the heels of Sofia Coppola’s Priscilla movie, in which he’ll star as Elvis. The two have previously been photographed together at the gym, with Keoghan training for Ridley Scott’s upcoming Gladiator sequel (also starring the likes of Paul Mescal, Denzel Washington and Pedro Pascal) and Elordi preparing to reappear in Euphoria as the disturbed Nate Jacobs.
Jacob Elordi and Barry Keoghan training together in new photos. pic.twitter.com/LO26dFl4iH
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Fennell’s directorial debut Promising Young Woman has garnered quite the following, despite being released on the cusp of the pandemic. Led by Carey Mulligan – who was nominated for the Best Actress Oscar for her trouble – joined by Bo Burnham, Alison Brie, Jennifer Coolige and Connie Britton (amongst other famous faces), and the film follows Cassie, a 30 year old medical school dropout haunted by a traumatic past.
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Who Will Star In Saltburn?
Alongside Barry Keoghan and Jacob Elordi, Saltburn will star:
- Rosamund Pike as Oliver’s mother
- Richard E. Grant as Oliver’s father
- Alison Oliver as Oliver’s sister
- Archie Madekwe as one of Oliver’s relatives
- Carey Mulligan, ‘who takes on a small but memorable role,’ according to Vanity Fair
- Paul Rhys, who plays someone who works on the estate
- Lolly Adefope
- Ewan Mitchell
- Reece Shearsmith
Carey Mulligan is the only actor to appear in both Promising Young Woman and Saltburn – as far as we know (could Fennell herself make another surprise reappearance?).
Another famous face tied to the project is Margot Robbie, who has been causing a worldwide stir on the promotional tour of Greta Gerwig’s Barbie film, appearing in a series of custom-made Barbie doll inspired outfits. Sadly, no Margot in Saltburn: the Aussie is on the producing team, instead.
Saltburn will be released on 17 November 2023, after opening the 67th BFI London Film Festival.
Featured Image: (L-R) Jacob Elordi as Nate Jacobs in season 2 episode 3 of Euphoria © HBO; Barry Keoghan as Dominic Kearney in The Banshees of Inisherin © 20th Century Studios.