Joel Edgerton Gets Under Your Skin In ‘The Gift’

The Gift, a psychological thriller starring Jason Bateman, Rebecca Hall, and Joel Edgerton comes out this Friday, August 7. Edgerton wrote, directed, produced, and plays the creepy ‘Gordo’ in the film.

“I think the big key of a psychological thriller is getting under the audience’s skin in a way that nothing is what it seems. That the question marks are constantly there. Their turning corners every second, thinking I know what’s around the bend and giving them a surprise. In a way that is very socially resonant and has a real domestic feel. That is a journey for them that is unavoidably scary because it is something that could happen in their life,” said Edgerton on what elements make up a good psychological thriller.

Edgerton also talked about his next film Black Mass and how he had a front row seat for Johnny Depp’s performance. We jokingly talked about Owen Lars showing up in an Obi Wan Kenobi solo film and how he should be more of a bad-ass instead of a moisture farmer.

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ABOUT THE GIFT, OPENING IN THEATERS NATIONWIDE ON AUGUST 7th
STX Entertainment and Blumhouse Productions’ The Gift is a heart-stopping, thought-provoking psychological thriller from producers Jason Blum and Rebecca Yeldham and actor, writer, producer and first-time director Joel Edgerton (The Great Gatsby, Zero Dark Thirty, Warrior), that asks the question: What if someone you wronged long ago reemerged in your life through a chance encounter?

Simon (Jason Bateman) and Robyn (Rebecca Hall) are a young married couple whose life is going just as planned until a chance encounter with an acquaintance from Simon’s high school sends their world into a harrowing tailspin. Simon doesn’t recognize Gordo (Joel Edgerton) at first, but after a series of uninvited encounters and mysterious gifts prove troubling, a horrifying secret from the past is uncovered after more than 20 years. As Robyn learns the unsettling truth about what happened between Simon and Gordo, she starts to question: how well do we really know the people closest to us, and are past bygones ever really bygones?

Along with Edgerton, producers Rebecca Yeldham (Kite Runner, The Motorcycle Diaries, On the Road) and Jason Blum (Insidious, Paranormal Activity, Whiplash), lead a creative team of incredible collaborators: cinematographer, Eduard Grau (A Single Man, Buried, The Awakening), production designer, Richard Sherman (Beautiful Creatures, Kinsey, Things We Lost in the Fire) and editor, Luke Doolan (Animal Kingdom) all working create a stylish, nail-biting thriller that is both artful and commercial.

Matthew Sardo
Matthew Sardo
As the founder of Monkeys Fighting Robots, I'm currently training for my next job as an astronaut cowboy. Reformed hockey goon, comic book store owner, video store clerk, an extra in 'Transformers: Dark of the Moon,' 'Welcome Back Freshman,' and for one special day, I was a Ghostbuster.