Dylan O’Brien (The Maze Runner) journeys into the drug-induced mysteries of his past in search of a troubled old school friend, played by Maika Monroe (It Follows), in the first trailer for The Education of Fredrick Fitzell, premiered exclusively by The Hollywood Reporter.
The film — getting its world premiere at the Sitges Film Festival — comes from writer/director Christopher MacBride (The Conspiracy) and follows Fred (O’Brien), a normal guy approaching 30 and going through an existential crisis as he finds himself on the precipice of full-blown adulthood.
Should he commit to his long-term girlfriend? Should he take a corporate job to pay the bills and let go of his dream of becoming an artist? When a forgotten man from his youth surfaces out of the blue, Fred literally and metaphorically journeys into his past. He slowly begins to unravel a long-hidden mystery about a missing girl, a drug called Mercury and a terrifying creature that has now followed him into adulthood.
As past, present and future begin to intersect and parallel each other, Fred explores all the possible lives he could lead. Which one will he choose?
Hannah Gross, Emory Cohen and Keir Gilchrist also star in the film, produced by Lee Kim (Operation Avalanche, I’ll Follow You Down) for Resolute Films.
Protagonist Pictures is handling international sales.
The Education of Fredrick Fitzell will premiere at Sitges on Thursday online, with a physical screening on Oct. 15.