We loved Thoroughbreds, the pitch black 2018 comedy from Cory Finley starring Anya Taylor-Joy and Olivia Cooke as a pair of unlikely teenage cohorts. If you were also a fan of Finley's feature debut, then you'll be pleased to learn that the filmmaker has a new film arriving this year: Bad Education, starring Hugh Jackman as a slimy Long Island superintendent whose illegal dealings are uncovered by a student reporter. HBO has released the first trailer for the upcoming film, which looks every bit as darkly comedic as Finley's previous effort:
It might be a pretty brief trailer, but it won us over real quick, what with Jackman going full dick-nose opposite Allison Janney – who needs no qualification for our excitement. Bad Education is based on a true story covered by Robert Kolker in a 2004 piece for New York magazine, and if you take a gander at the pic of the real-life Frank Tassone in that article, it's kind of amazing how Jackman – friggin' Wolverine! – managed to capture that energy. From Huge Jacked Man to Huge Actin' Man, AM I RIGHT. (Sorry, it's Friday, leave me alone.)
Here's the official synopsis for Bad Education, which also stars Alex Wolff (Hereditary), Annaleigh Ashford (Masters of Sex), and Geraldine Viswanathan (Blockers), and hits HBO on April 25:
Long Island school superintendent Frank Tassone (Hugh Jackman) and his assistant superintendent for business, Pam Gluckin (Academy Award winner Allison Janney), are credited with bringing Roslyn School District unprecedented prestige. Frank, always immaculately groomed and tailored, is a master of positive messaging, whether before an audience of community leaders or in an office with a concerned student or parent. In short, it seems Frank can do no wrong. That is, until a plucky student reporter (Geraldine Viswanathan) decides to dig deep into some expense reports and begins to uncover an embezzlement scheme of epic proportions, prompting Frank to devise an elaborate cover-up — by any means necessary.