HBO Max has released the first trailer for Doug Liman’s Locked Down—the pandemic-themed film that was shot and finished last year and it’s looking like a big 2020 mood.
Equal parts drama, comedy, rom-com and heist flick, the film takes on a plot that could only have come from the year that was.
Shot during the pandemic and being set in our (very unconventional) modern times, naturally many of the film’s scenes involve the two leads, Anne Hathaway and Chiwetel Ejiofor, communicating with their loved ones and colleagues via Zoom—as has been the case for most of us in 2020.
But for the full scoop on the film that might just be the catalyst for a whole new sub-genre of Hollywood films, keep reading for everything to know about Locked Down.
What is the plot of Locked Down?
The film follows London-based couple Linda (Hathaway) and Paxton (Ejiofor) who are a couple that breakup just as it is announced that they must isolate together for two weeks. Paxton ends up furloughed from his job due to the pandemic while Linda is forced to be the person that has to let go of many of her company’s employees.
As the pair navigate their turbulent circumstances, they struggle with both their living situation and the people in power. Ticked off and looking to get back at the system, they hatch an elaborate plan to steal a diamond worth £3 million.
“Live wild or die, Linda” remarks Paxton at one point.
What ensues is a series of relatable quarantine drama as well as a thrilling heist that might see their lives changed forever.
Who stars in Locked Down?
With many of the film’s actors simply tuning in via Zoom, it’s no wonder that Locked Down has scored such an A-list cast.
Starring alongside Hathaway and Ejiofor are Ben Kingsley (Ghandi), Stephen Merchant (Jojo Rabbit), Mindy Kailing (Ocean’s 8), Lucy Boynton (Bohemian Rhapsody), Dulé Hill (The West Wing), Jazmyn Simon (Ballers) and Ben Stiller (Meet The Parents).
When and where can we watch Locked Down?
The film was already introduced at the virtual Toronto Film Festival back in September and is set for a January 14 release date on HBO Max.
For those of us in Australia it means that we can expect to see it released on Foxtel, Stan or Binge streaming services.
Watch the first official trailer for Locked Down below.
The trailer certainly echoes a very 2020 sentiment when Ejiofor’s characters asks, “Who would’ve thought a month ago we would be doing this?”
To which we say, amen.