Spiderhead trailer: Chris Hemsworth experiments with drugs and an accent

Watch the trailer for the latest Netflix sci-fi thriller, starring Chris Hemsworth and Miles Teller.

A trailer for new Netflix film Spiderhead has dropped today, showing Chris Hemsworth as a visionary experimenter pushing the limits of free will and human ethics.

The film was formerly known (during production) as Escape from Spiderhead, and was supported by Screen Queensland and filmed across locations on the Gold Coast, Whitsundays and Scenic Rim.

The story is as follows: Two inmates (Miles Teller & Jurnee Smollett) form a connection while grappling with their pasts in a state-of-the-art penitentiary run by a brilliant visionary (Chris Hemsworth) who experiments on his subjects with mind-altering drugs. Directed by Joseph Kosinski (Top Gun: Maverick, Tron: Legacy). It’s based on The New Yorker short story, Escape From Spiderhead, by George Saunders, and adapted by Rhett Reese & Paul Wernic.

Watch the trailer below to hear Hemsworth trying his best American accent in what is perhaps his most villainous role yet.

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The lengthier Netflix synopsis says: ‘In a state-of-the-art penitentiary run by brilliant visionary Steve Abnesti (Chris Hemsworth), inmates wear a surgically attached device that administers dosages of mind-altering drugs in exchange for commuted sentences. There are no bars, no cells, or orange jumpsuits. In Spiderhead, incarcerated volunteers are free to be themselves. Until they’re not. At times, they’re a better version. Need to lighten up? There’s a drug for that. At a loss for words? There’s a drug for that, too. But when two subjects, Jeff (Miles Teller) and Lizzy (Jurnee Smollett), form a connection, their path to redemption take a twistier turn, as Abnesti’s experiments start to push the limits of free will altogether.’

Spiderhead will be released on Netflix on 17 June.

Silvi Vann-Wall is a journalist, podcaster, and filmmaker. They joined ScreenHub as Film Content Lead in 2022. Twitter: @SilviReports