William Friedkin’s Killer Joe Reveals a Trailer and a New Poster


The trailer and a second poster for William Friedkin’s Killer Joe are now online, courtesy of iTunes Movie Trailers. Planned for an uncut NC-17 theatrical release, the film stars Matthew McConaughey (The Lincoln Lawyer) and Emile Hirsch (Into the Wild) with a supporting cast including Juno Temple (upcoming The Dark Knight Rises, Dirty Girl), Thomas Haden Church (Sideways) and Gina Gershon (Bound). Check the trailer out in the player below with the new poster design beneath.

The film was directed by Friedkin (The Exorcist, The French Connection) with a script by Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning playwright, Tracy Letts. This marks the second time Friedkin and Letts have collaborated together, the first time being for the 2006 film, Bug (both films were adapted from Letts’ stage plays by the same name). Bug won the FIPRESCI prize at the Cannes Film Festival in 2006.

In Killer Joe, when 22-year-old drug dealer Chris (Hirsch) has his stash stolen by his mother, he has to come up with six thousand dollars quick or he’s dead. Desperate, he turns to “Killer Joe” (McConaughey) when he finds out that his mother’s life insurance policy is worth $50,000. Although Joe usually demands cash up front, he finds himself willing to bend the rules in exchange for Chris’ attractive younger sister, Dottie (Temple), who will serve as sexual collateral until the money comes in… if it ever does.