Jake Gyllenhaal tends to do his best work when he totally sinks into a character, so it makes perfect sense that he’s re-teaming with the director that brought out one of his best performances in years (watch Nightcrawler immediately). Starring Gyllenhaal and Rene Russo, who also appeared in the excellent Nightcrawler, Velvet Buzzsaw centers on Gyllenhaal’s Morf Vandewalt (I wish I was making that up, y’all), a contemporary art critic whose acquisition of a mysterious artist’s work ends up becoming very homicidal. I wonder what the pitch to Netflix was like?
Netflix Exec: Glad you’re on board with us Mr. Gilroy. What’cha got?
Dan Gilroy: It’s set in the contemporary art world.
Netflix Exec: Keep going…
Dan Gilroy: It’s sort of like The Square…
Netflix Exec: I love it!
Dan Gilroy:…but everyone dies!
Velvet Buzzsaw hits Netflix on February 1, 2019.