The first Black Mirror: Bandersnatch trailer is here. The best part? Those who are excited to see it won't have to wait long at all, as it's confirmed in the trailer that the special event movie will arrive on Netflix December 28. While the trailer doesn't confirm that this is indeed the choose-your-own-adventure style movie that we've been hearing it's going to be for some time, it seems very likely that's going to be the case and, when applying that knowledge to what we see in the trailer, it's pretty clear that this is going to be a bizarre and possibly incredible experience.
We follow a character played by Fionn Whitehead (Dunkirk) who is taking some mysterious red and yellow pills, having an existential crisis of sorts and working at a computer company on a new game titled, not surprisingly, Bandersnatch. Things get expectedly weird from there, with a series of brief scenes and ominous lines that make it clear this is going to be a head-trip of an experience. And it's all set to the tune of Frankie Goes to Hollywood's Relax, just to add that extra layer of 80s punch.
This extended Black Mirror episode takes place in 1984. That's worth mentioning since much of the iconic anthology series is centered on the not-too-distant future and examines the effect of technology on society. The movie follows a young programmer who begins to question reality as he adapts a fantasy novel into a computer game, which leads him down a path to a mind-wrecking challenge. The cast also includes Will Poulter (The Revenant) and Asim Chaudhry (People Just Do Nothing). The runtime for the movie had previously been revealed to be more than five hours in length, which is why many believe that this is indeed going to be a choose-your-own-adventure experience, meaning that it can turn out many different ways depending on what the viewer chooses to do.
Another important item of note is that Bandersnatch is completely separate from the upcoming Black Mirror season 5. It's being billed as a "Black Mirror event." It had previously been suspected that Bandersnatch and season 5 were one and the same, but the streaming service still has a new batch of episodes coming down the pipeline as well. Though, it hasn't yet been revealed when we can expect season 5 to drop. But we've got this to look forward to very soon.
David Slade, who previously helmed the episode Metalhead, as well as movies like 30 Days of Night and Hard Candy, is in the director's chair. This will be the first time that Netflix has attempted a choose-your-own-adventure style story for a live-action series. If this whole experiment winds up working out, it's not only going to open the door for more experimental content from Netflix in the future, but it could have a wide-ranging effect, allowing for other streaming services to do the same. Be sure to check out the trailer for Black Mirror: Bandersnatch from the Netflix YouTube channel below.