‘American Animals’ Trailer: Four Friends Plan One Heck of a Heist

The first trailer for American Animals, an incredible true crime heist story that premiered earlier this year at Sundance, has been released. Evan PetersBarry KeoghanBlake Jenner, and Jared Abrahamson star as four friends who plan a heist.

Based on the trailer and the synopsis below, this looks like one hell of a time. I mean, old age makeup? Brilliant! It seems like the right mix of high-stakes drama, comedy, and action that will attract a wide crowd. All the actors are familiar faces, but not yet break out stars. This could change if American Animals proves to be a nice bit of counter programing against all the summer blockbusters like Solo and Deadpool 2.

Synopsis: Centering on unpredictable wild child Warren (Evan Peters) and aspiring artist Spencer (Barry Keoghan), two friends from the middle-class suburbs of Lexington, Kentucky, the film follows the duo through college life at separate universities, as adult pressures begin to weigh heavily on their futures. Realizing their lives may never be important, they organize the brazen theft of some valuable books from the special collections library of Spencer’s college, including Audubon’s Birds of America, valued at $10 million. Enlisting two more friends, budding accountant Eric (Jared Abrahamson) and fitness fanatic Chas (Barry Jenner), the gang meticulously plots the theft and subsequent fence of the stolen volumes, taking cues from popular heist movies. But the thieves’ plans go awry, placing their bright futures in limbo.

Unfolding from multiple perspectives, and shifting between the fictionalized central narrative and documentary-style interviews with the real-life figures on which the story is based, writer-directed Bart Layton (The Imposter) elevates the heist movie to bold and thrilling new heights.

American Animals hits theaters June 1, 2018.