The Art of Self-Defence trailer: Jesse Eisenberg loses his identity while protecting himself

If you need to find an actor who can play a timid, nervous and insecure character, Jesse Eisenberg has long since cornered the market. His new film, The Art of Self-Defence appears to look at the dangers of toxic-masculinity and how even the most timid of people can be re-engineered by dominant groups under the guise of promising to give them empowerment. It's an idea that can be applied to any number of groups currently making the news. The trailer is pretty funny and this looks like one to keep an eye on. Watch the trailer for The Art of Self-Defence above.

After he’s attacked on the street at night by a roving motorcycle gang, timid bookkeeper Casey joins a neighbourhood karate studio to learn how to protect himself. Under the watchful eye of a charismatic instructor, Sensei, and hardcore brown belt Anna, Casey gains a new found sense of confidence for the first time in his life. But when he attends Sensei’s mysterious night classes, he discovers a sinister world of fraternity, brutality and hyper-masculinity, presenting a journey that places him squarely in the sights of his enigmatic new mentor.

Riley Stearns writes and directs (who gave us the brilliant Faults in 2014) with Alessandro Nivola and Imogen Poots supporting Eisenberg.

The Art of Self-Defence opens in US theatres on July 12. No dates have been set for a UK release at this point.

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