Universal Pictures and Blumhouse release a new trailer for their upcoming thriller, The Hunt.

The feature was previously set for release on September 27th, 2019, however it’s now hitting theaters March 13th, 2020. The upcoming thriller is written by Nike Cuse and Damon Lindelof, both fresh off of HBO’s Watchmen. It’s directed by Craig Zobel (Z For Zachariah) and stars Betty Gilpin (GLOW), Ike Barinholtz (Suicide Squad), Emma Roberts (American Horror Story), and Hilary Swank (Million Dollar Baby).

The trailer opens up with a group of people awakening gagged and bound. They waken to find themselves in an open field with a box full of a vast array of weapons and guns. A voice over informs the viewers that every year a group of liberal elitists kidnaps people in order to hunt them for sport.

The trailer goes on to show the unraveling of a mystery that seemingly includes a lot of gruesome violence and quite a bit of social commentary. At one point someone says, “What kind of sick people would even think of something like that?” To which another character, seemingly in another scene, replies “White People, we’re the worst”.

The Controversy Behind The Hunt

The trailer for The Hunt boasts that it’s the most talked about movie of the year and nobody has even seen it yet. And quite frankly, it just might be true. Back in August of 2019, President Trump voiced his displeasure with the film and its portrayal of the nation’s upper-class citizens. Gaslighting fears that it would pose a “danger to the nation.” These nonsensical statements, combined with two mass shootings, occurring in Ohio and Texas, pushed Universal to pull the release of the film.

Within that time, The Hunt gathered a lot of attention and discussion online. As it’s now generally seen to be an excellent satirical view on the class system, that should be seen in America. The pending release will surely be as divisive as the initial announcement was.

The Hunt poster

The Hunt is written by Nike Cuse and Damon Lindelof. It is directed by Craig Zobel and stars Betty Gilpin, Ike Barinholtz, Emma Roberts, and Hilary Swank. Keep an eye out for the March 13th release! What are your opinions about the movie? Spark some conversation below!

Source: Universal Pictures