Photo Courtesy of Jas Shelton Cheers to the casting team behind The Stanford Prison Experiment, who, rather than chasing the biggest names in young male Hollywood, shrewdly sought out its most talented. Based on an actual 1970s experiment, in which 24 college students inhabited a simulated prison as either inmate or guard, gay director Kyle Patrick Alvarez's psychodrama is packed with familiar faces who may not sell out multiplexes but sell every line they deliver.
Its stars include Ezra Miller (The Perks of Being a Wallflower), Michael Angarano, Tye Sheridan, and Jack Kilmer, and in re-creating this story's true, torturous events (such as a Deliverance-style moment of forced faux-humping), these actors don't just show the abuse that all men are capable of. More disturbingly, they convey that abuse is ultimately the most effective means of control.
The Stanford Prison Experiment opens July 17. Watch the trailer below: