American Animals trailer: Bart Layton directs Barry Keoghan in a tense heist drama

If you can cast your mind back to 2012 you may remember one of the best documentaries of that year was The Imposter. It told the story of French confidence trickster Frédéric Bourdin who managed to trick the family (and  several officials in Spain and the US) of a young teenage boy who had gone missing in Texas that he was in fact their son. This was despite him being several years older and speaking with a French accent. We've had to wait quite a while for director Bart Layton to give us his follow up, which has now been playing at festivals since Sundance earlier this year. Check out the trailer for American Animals above.

Centring on unpredictable wild child Warren (Evan Peters) and aspiring artist Spencer (Barry Keoghan), two friends from the middle-class suburbs of Lexington, Kentucky, the film follows the duo through college life at separate universities, as adult pressures begin to weigh heavily on their futures.

Realizing their lives may never be important, they organize the brazen theft of some valuable books from the special collections library of Spencer’s college, including Audubon’s Birds of America, valued at $10 million. Enlisting two more friends, budding accountant Eric (Jared Abrahamson) and fitness fanatic Chas (Barry Jenner), the gang meticulously plots the theft and subsequent fence of the stolen volumes, taking cues from popular heist movies. But the thieves’ plans go awry, placing their bright futures in limbo.

American Animals arrives in the UK on September 7th 2018.

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