Arkansas, an offbeat crime comedy starring Vince Vaughn and Liam Hemsworth, would have debuted last night had SXSW not been canceled due to concerns over COVID-19. As such, we’ll have to settle for the film’s new trailer, which promises a quirky and violent ensemble caper with some welcome Clay Pigeons vibes.
There’s the off-the-beaten-path setting and comedic tone, sure, but there’s also Vaughn’s role as a charismatic, yet imposing baddie. Here, he plays Frog, a drug kingpin in the film’s namesake state who works with a pair of deadbeat drug couriers played by Hemsworth and Hot Tub Time Machine’s Clark Duke, the latter also making his directorial debut. John Malkovich and Vivica A. Fox round out the cast as a few of Frog’s local stooges.
Here’s a synopsis:
In Clark Duke’s directorial debut, Kyle (Liam Hemsworth) and Swin (Clark Duke) live by the orders of an Arkansas-based drug kingpin named Frog (Vince Vaughn), whom they’ve never met. Posing as junior park rangers by day, they operate as low-level drug couriers by night under the watchful eye of Frog’s proxies (John Malkovich and Vivica A. Fox). Swin then settles into his day job by taking up a relationship with Johnna (Eden Brolin) against orders to blend in while Kyle continues to question his night job by trying to figure out who Frog really is. Their world is then upended after one too many inept decisions, and Kyle, Swin, and Johanna find themselves directly in Frog’s crosshairs, who mistakenly sees them as a threat to his empire. Based on John Brandon’s best-selling book of the same name, Arkansas weaves together three decades of Deep South drug trafficking to explore the cycle of violence that turns young men into criminals, and old men into legends.
Arkansas hits VOD and, if they’re open, theaters on May 1.