Jason Segel Robs A Billionaire In Trailer For His Big Comeback Movie

By Nathan Kamal | 3 months ago

Jason Segel

Actor Jason Segel is mounting a big comeback, and the trailer for his new film has just dropped. The project is a Netflix movie called Windfall, and while it is not the first dramatic movie that Segel has starred in, it looks pretty dark. In the trailer, Segel is introduced in a beautifully lit orange orchard, then in a beautifully well-appointed villa. Everything looks very nice for the heavily bearded Segel until the owners of the house arrive and things get weird. The owners, played by a surly Jesse Plemons and Lily Collins, are held hostage by Segel, but it does not look like a typical crime thriller. For one thing, when Segel demands a $150,000 ransom, they wearily suggest he should be asking for more. Check out the trailer for Windfall here: 

Windfall is directed by Charlie McDowell, whose feature-length debut film The One I Love coincidentally also dealt with a wealthy, dissatisfied couple in an isolated house. He followed it up with a Netflix movie called The Discovery, which also starred Jesse Plemons and Jason Segal. The film was written by Andrew Kevin Walker, probably most famous for writing the 1995 serial killer thriller SE7EN, which gave us the gift of Brad Pitt screaming “what’s in the box?!” at Kevin Spacey.

While Walker hasn’t hit pop culture with quite the same impact since Tim Burton’s Sleepy Hollow (probably being the next most famous), he has been a reliable script doctor in Hollywood for years. Star Jesse Plemons first broke out as the nerdy vocalist of a Christian death metal band in small-town Texas in the acclaimed TV series Friday Night Lights and has since grown into an acclaimed character actor. In 2021, he starred with Benedict Cumberbatch and Kirsten Dunst in the Jane Campion film The Power of the Dog, which currently has 12 Academy Award nominations (the most for its year). 

Lily Collins also has experience with Netflix, starring as the titular character in the popular streaming show Emily in Paris. While critics have been divided about The Devil Wears Prada-lite quality of the show, it was was nominated for two Golden Globe Awards in 2021. However, it became the topic of controversy when it was reported that 30 Golden Globe voters had received preferential treatment in the form of a flight to Paris and sightseeing by Paramount, the studio behind Emily in Paris. Hopefully, Netflix is not actually flying Jason Segel fans to an isolated orange grove as some kind of award bait.

Jason Segel is most famous for starring in the hit sitcom How I Met Your Mother, as well as being one of many stars (like Seth Rogen, James Franco, and Linda Cardellini) that had their careers launched by Paul Feig’s cult hit Freaks & Geeks. Since then, he has starred in acclaimed comedies like Forgetting Sarah Marshall and The Five-Year Engagement, as well as darker fare like the David Foster Wallace biopic, The End of the Tour. He created the science fiction show Dispatches from Elsewhere for AMC but has been relatively quiet as of late. Windfall is set to be released on March 18, 2022, on Netflix.