“Reptile” Trailer Finds Benicio Del Toro and Justin Timberlake in Twisty New Thriller

Netflix has revealed the first trailer for director Grant Singer’s new thriller Reptile, from a script he co-wrote with Benjamin Brewer and star Benicio Del Toro. Del Toro plays Nichols, a detective dealing with a nightmare of a case. The murder of a young real estate agent leads Nichols down a dangerous rabbit hole where nothing is what it seems, and his own life, and the illusions he labors under, will unravel with the case.

“He’s a man of destiny,” Del Toro told Netflix’s Tudum about his Reptile character. “He’s a man who gets a second chance, but then something happens and a reckoning occurs.

Reptile marks the first time the Oscar-winning Del Toro has earned a screenwriting credit.

“The collaboration was a lot of fun,” Del Toro told Tudum about working on the script. “Once we knew where we needed the story to land, then the question becomes, ‘How do we get there? How do we make it interesting?’ We did research and tried to make it as real as possible. We talked about movies and storytelling with certain films as references. One that comes to mind is In Cold Blood.”

Del Toro is always a compelling screen presence, and he’s joined here by a very strong cast that includes Alicia Silverstone as Judy, Detective Nichols’ wife, and Justin Timberlake as Will, the husband of the victim.

Del Toro and Silverstone worked together way back in 1997’s Excess Baggage. 

“It was great reconnecting with her. She’s smart, and she had great ideas,” Del Toro told Tudum. “Alicia brought everything we wanted for the character and more.” 

“There’s a deep mutual respect and appreciation, so that makes it work well,” Silverstone added. “I was honored that they asked me to do it and that he wanted to work with me again.”

The cast also includes Frances Fisher, Michael Pitt, Ato Essandoh, Domenick Lombardozzi, Owen Teague, Eric Bogosian, and Matilda Anna Ingrid Lutz.

Check out the trailer below. Reptile streams on Netflix on October 6:

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Featured image: Reptile. Benicio del Toro as Tom Nichols in Reptile. Cr. Kyle Kaplan/Netflix © 2023


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