Damien Chazelle's Whiplash, starring Miles Teller and J.K. Simmons, was undeniably one of the biggest hits at Sundance, winning critical acclaim and both the Grand Jury Prize and Dramatic Audience Award. The first trailer for the film lives up to the hype, and encourages us to train our eye on Simmons, who could very well be an Oscar contender with his blistering performance as a domineering instructor.
The film, which will also screen at the Toronto International Film Festival, is about a student drummer (Teller) pushed to extremes by Simmons' drill-sergeant style. Teller is already established as one of his generation's best actors, and pushes his body to its limits in the film. Simmons "(believe it or not) already had fest-goers crying Oscar for his perverse, craggily, in-your-face performance," Matt Patches wrote for Vanity Fair after seeing the film at Sundance. Whiplash will be out in October.