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What the Hell is “Saltburn”?

Jacob Elordi and Barry Keoghan star in this upcoming homoerotic thriller

Barry Keoghan as Oliver Quick

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Update: 10/20/23

Like little orphan Oliver Twist, I can't help begging for more. In this case, I am grateful for every scrap MGM and Amazon throw our way in the rollout for Emerald Fennell's Saltburn.

The most anticipated movie of the year (by me), Saltburn is less than a month away. And we finally have the first full-length trailer.

Saltburn - Official Trailer | Amazon MGM

This trailer has confirmed many things I had suspected and hoped after watching the initial teaser trailer: Jacob Elordi is struggling through that British accent, Rosamund Pike's character is going to be one of my favorites — in a Succession/White Lotus kind of way — and Barry Keoghan is one of the most emotive actors of our generation.

I absolutely cannot wait to see the mess that Keoghan's character, Oliver Quick, makes of his summer at Saltburn. And the new trailer offers some striking tableaus as hints of the happenings at this castle, from the black-tie dinner party to the poolside conversations.

Saltburn promises to be a sumptuous feast of Gatsby-esque images, casual upper-class cruelty, and interpersonal tension. And unlike many trailers these days, which pretty much give the whole movie away, I'm still at the edge of my seat to uncover the mysteries at the heart of this upcoming thriller.

You know where I'll be on November 17th: watching Barry Koeghan act for his life, skulking through expansive halls and pine after Jacob Elordi (who hasn't been there).


I’m a sucker for a good trailer. Especially with music video-esque cinematography, tension-raising teasers, and a really fucking good score. And after months of waiting, the first teaser for Saltburn just dropped. No surprise to say, it’s just what the doctor ordered.

Starring Barry Keoghan as Oliver Quick, a working-class Liverpudlian scouser who falls in with a rich but careless crowd, the movie is set to be the psychological thriller of the winter. From director Emerald Fennell, who won awards for her debut Promising Young Woman, it’s what we’ve all been waiting for: a decadent display of desire set in the world of the wealthy.

Watch the irresistible, intriguing teaser here — careful, just like me, you’ll be left wanting more:

Saltburn | Official Teaser

Barry Keoghan has been one of the hottest young actors on the scene for a few years, and he’s finally getting a starring role. After scene-stealing supportive roles in The Banshees of Inisherin,The Killing of a Sacred Deer, and even big blockbuster movies like The Batman, Eternals, and Dunkirk, Keoghan finally gets to show his chops as a leading man.

The film chronicles his obsession with the aristocratic peers he meets at Oxford University, who show him a life of eccentricity and opulence when he is invited to Saltburm, the English countryside estate of Felix Catton, played by Jacob Elordi (of, you know, that little show Euphoria). Together, they have a “a summer never to be forgotten,” with supporting roles by Rosamund Pike, Richard E. Grant, Alison Oliver, Ewan Mitchell, Archie Madekwe, Lolly Adefioe, Reece Shearsmith, and Paul Rhys. You can also expect Carey Mulligan, who starred in Fennell’s Promising Young Woman.

Saltburn just premiered at the 50th Telluride Film Festival on August 31, 2023. And now, with the trailer making waves across the internet — with the lush landscape, the vibrant cinematography, the homoeroticism … I mean, of course — the countdown is on for Saltburn.

The MGM film will make its debut with a limited theatrical release on November 17, 2023, then a wide release on December 1, 2023.


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