The Stanford Prison Experiment Trailer: Guard or Prisoner?

IFC Films has dropped the first trailer for The Stanford Prison Experiment, an upcoming thriller based on the real-life incidents that took place at Standford University back in 1971.

Billy Crudup plays Dr. Philip Zimbardo, the professor who placed 24 student volunteers in an experiment designed to study the source of abusive power. Students were chosen to be either prisoners or guards in a simulated jail. The results were fascinating and somewhat troubling.

The tension looks high in this one; the close-proximity quarters and what appears to be claustrophobic direction by Kyle Patrick Alvarez (Easier With Practice, C.O.G.) looking to drive home some uncomfortable moments. We’re loving the cast, which also includes Ezra Miller, Olivia Thirlby, Tye Sheridan, and Keir Gilchrist.

The Stanford Prison Experiment, penned by TV writer Tim Talbott (South Park, Medium, Chicago Fire), hits the U.S. on July 17.

Official synopsis for The Stanford Prison Experiment:

In this tense, psychological thriller based on the notorious true story, Billy Crudup stars as Stanford University professor Dr. Philip Zimbardo, who, in 1971, cast 24 student volunteers as prisoners and guards in a simulated jail to examine the source of abusive behavior in the prison system. The results astonished the world, as participants went from middle-class undergrads to drunk-with-power sadists and submissive victims in just a few days. Winner of two awards at the Sundance Film Festival, including Best Screenplay, and created with the close participation of Dr. Zimbardo himself, “The Stanford Prison Experiment” features an extraordinary cast of rising young actors, including Ezra Miller, Olivia Thirlby, Tye Sheridan, Keir Gilchrist, Michael Angarano, and Thomas Mann.