We’re all too familiar with workplace comedies, dramas, and comedy/dramas these days, but sometimes you simply a need a workplace erotic thriller to truly feel alive. Thankfully, Fair Play is premiering on Netflix this coming October, and will satiate your needs on this front.
Fair Play marks the feature directorial debut of Chloe Domont, and in her own words is a story about gender dynamics in a highly competitive workplace.
This Phoebe Dynevor (Bridgerton) and Alden Ehrenreich (Solo: A Star Wars Story) starring erotic thriller will thrust both stars into new and exciting territory, and keep you at the edge of your seat as you watch a promising romance slowly unravel in the face of cut-throat work-place politics.
Fair Play marks the feature directorial debut of Chloe Domont, and in her own words is a story about gender dynamics in a highly competitive workplace. The Netflix movie centers on a relationship in turmoil after a newly engaged couple’s power dynamic suddenly shifts.
Referred to by Domont as a story that she’s been wanting to tell for a long time, but one that she felt she could not tell for some time, Fair Play shows us the dark side of fraternizing in the workplace, and what kind of fallout is possible when emotions run high.
The plot for Fair Play is illustrated in the Netflix film’s trailer, and even though we’re clued into the primary source of tension, there are a lot of interim steps that are left out. This is not a criticism of the trailer, but rather a nod to the fact that a complex relationship like this can’t simply be spelled out in less than three minutes.
Phoebe Dynevor (Bridgerton) and Alden Ehrenreich (Solo: A Star Wars Story) star in Fair Play, an erotic thriller coming to Netflix in October.
What we know is that Dynevor’s Emily and Ehenreich’s Luke plan to get married, but their until now harmonious relationship is put to the ultimate test when Emily finds out she’s getting promoted at the cutthroat hedge fund; a position that Luke feels like he deserves more than she does.
Though the Fair Play trailer only provides a brief insight into the dynamic of their relationship, it’s apparent that both Luke and Emily will have to cope with the fact that they are no longer equals, at least on the professional front.
Luke, who feels demasculated over the fact that his romantic partner and future wife is now in a more powerful position than himself in this Netflix movie, falls into a spiral as he tries to come to terms with the fact that he was not deserving of the promotion, but Emily was.
Emily, on the other hand, has to come to terms with the fact that her partner is starting to resent her for pursuing her career, and not considering his feelings as she becomes more successful than him.
Another primary source of tension rears its ugly head in the form of workplace policies; their relationship, as far as we know (based on the trailer) is a secret.
Speaking of this dynamic that runs rampant in the corporate world, Domont told Netflix earlier this year that “these dynamics should no longer be normalized.”
What’s more, Domont is beyond thrilled about her casting choices, because the kind of roles assigned to Dynevor and Ehenreich up to this point in both of their careers don’t necessarily fall within the wheelhouse of what kind of roles both stars have used to portraying in the past.
In other words, Netflix’s Fair Play will not only subvert gender dynamics in the work place, but also the concept of typecasting.
When To Watch Fair Play
Fair Play has garnered an approval rating of 90 percent on Rotten Tomatoes upon its January 20 Sundance premiere, and is slated for a theatrical release on September 29. The movie will be available on Netflix just two weeks later, and be available for streaming on October 12 2023.