Netflix’s ‘Reptile’ with Benicio Del Toro to get early release
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Netflix's 'Reptile' with Benicio Del Toro to get early release

The upcoming thriller Reptile has had both its limited theatrical release and Netflix debut bumped forward by a week. Initially, the movie would be released in select theatres on September 29th and then hit the streaming giant globally on October 6th. Now, fans can expect to see the film in theatres on September 22nd and Netflix on the 29th.

The movie, which sees prominent music video director Grant Singer in his feature film debut, had its international premiere at the Venice Film Festival earlier this month.

Detective Nichols, portrayed by del Toro, is at the heart of Reptile, tracing the enigmatic and brutal killing of a young property agent. This investigation drags him into a shadowy journey, straining his relationship with his wife, played by Alicia Silverstone.

Timberlake takes on the role of the victim’s boyfriend, amidst a cast of town residents who seem intent on complicating Nichols’ investigation.

The ensemble includes talents such as Michael Pitt, Frances Fisher, Domenick Lombardozzi, Eric Bogosian, and Ato Essandoh.

The screenplay is a collaborative effort by Singer, del Toro, and Benjamin Brewer, notable for his leading work on the visual effects for the Oscar-winning film, Everything Everywhere All at Once.

“I think the movie will be exciting to people who like to watch something where you don’t know where it’s leading you,” Singer said about his first feature film, adding, “where a film is going to have twists and turns and deceive you.”

“People who like things that are intense and visceral and suspenseful, I think they’ll find something exciting in this,” the director continued. 

“I didn’t want to make something that felt cold and clinical and sterile. I wanted to make something that felt alive and warm and relatable and human.”