Erotic thriller Fair Play, starring Phoebe Dynevor of Bridgerton fame and Alden Ehrenreich, who played Han Solo in Solo: A Star Wars Story, will be released on Netflix on October 6. Directed and written by Chloe Domont, the movie promises to take audiences on a wild ride of passion, ambition, and betrayal while exploring the intricacies of love and greed within the cutthroat world of finance.
Fair Play begins when an unexpected promotion within a ruthless hedge fund firm becomes the catalyst that pushes a newly engaged couple’s relationship to its limits. Dynevor portrays Emily, a woman caught between love and ambition, while Ehrenreich plays Luke, the man at the center of Emily’s internal struggle.
Fair Play, starring Han Solo in Solo: A Star Wars Story‘s Alden Ehrenreich, releases on Netflix on October 6.
Joining them are Eddie Marsan as Campbell, Rich Sommer as Paul, Sebastian de Souza as Rory, and Geraldine Somerville as Emily’s mother, all contributing to the film’s intense atmosphere and complex character dynamics. Fair Play was announced in December 2021, with production starting in January 2022 in Serbia.
Fair Play had its world premiere at the 2023 Sundance Film Festival on January 20, where it immediately garnered attention and accolades. Following its debut, a bidding war ensued for distribution rights, with Netflix ultimately securing the film for $20 million. The international premiere took place at the 48th Toronto International Film Festival on September 11.
So far, Fair Play has earned critical acclaim, with reviewers highlighting its unique blend of sensuality and suspense. The film currently boasts an impressive 87 percent critic rating on review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes. The site’s general consensus says the film successfully “juxtaposes premarital disharmony with greed and gender politics in the cutthroat finance world.”
The critical acclaim reflects the film’s ability to captivate audiences with its provocative storytelling and strong performances. As the release date of September 29 in select theaters and October 6 on Netflix approaches, Fair Play is poised to become a must-see film of 2023.
The Allure Of Erotic Thrillers
Erotic thrillers have been a popular subgenre in cinema for quite some time, offering viewers a mix of sensuality, suspense, and often dark psychological elements. Movies similar to Fair Play include 1992’s Basic Instinct from director Paul Verhoeven. The story revolves around Detective Nick Curran (Michael Douglas) investigating a murder connected to Catherine Tramell (Sharon Stone), a seductive crime novelist.
Stanley Kubrick’s 1999 film Eyes Wide Shut is similar to Fair Play. It stars Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman as Doctor Bill and Alice Harford, a couple whose marriage is shaken by their sexual fantasies. Driven by jealousy and desire, Bill embarks on a mysterious sexual odyssey through New York City’s underground scene.
Fair Play has earned critical acclaim, with reviewers highlighting its unique blend of sensuality and suspense.
Directed by Adrian Lyne, 1987’s Fatal Attraction is a cautionary tale about infidelity. Michael Douglas plays Dan Gallagher, a married man who has a brief affair with Alex Forrest (Glenn Close). When Dan tries to end the relationship, Alex becomes dangerously obsessed, leading to a series of terrifying events. The film is a gripping portrayal of the consequences of betrayal and obsession.
Unfaithful, from filmmaker Adrian Lyne, also shares an erotic theme with Fair Play. Starring Diane Lane and Richard Gere, the movie explores the turmoil that ensues when Connie Sumner has an affair with a stranger. As her husband uncovers the truth, the story delves into the emotional complexities of guilt, desire, and marital loyalty.