‘First Reformed’ Trailer: Paul Schrader’s Religious Thriller

Paul Schrader’s Religious Thriller

A24 has debuted the First Reformed trailer. The Paul Schrader’s gripping thriller about a parish pastor (Ethan Hawke) dealing with a spiritual identity crisis also features Amanda Seyfried and Cedric Kyles.

The film premiered at the Venice Film Festival last year, followed by screenings at Toronto, Telluride, and New York film festivals, and is set to open in select theaters on May 18th. Watch the trailer below.

Paul Schrader’s Religious Thriller

And here is the first poster for Paul Schrader’s First Reformed.

Paul Schrader’s Religious Thriller

Reverend Ernst Toller (Ethan Hawke) is a solitary, middle-aged parish pastor at a small Dutch Reform church in upstate New York on the cusp of celebrating its 250th anniversary. Once a stop on the Underground Railroad, the church is now a tourist attraction catering to a dwindling congregation, eclipsed by its nearby parent church, Abundant Life, with its state-of-the-art facilities and 5,000-strong flock. When a pregnant parishioner (Amanda Seyfried) asks Reverend Toller to counsel her husband, a radical environmentalist, the clergyman finds himself plunged into his own tormented past, and equally despairing future, until he finds redemption in an act of grandiose violence. From writer-director Paul Schrader (Taxi Driver; American Gigolo; Affliction) comes a gripping thriller about a crisis of faith that is at once personal, political, and planetary.