In Lionsgate’s upcoming film, “Manodrome,” audiences will witness a surprising transformation as Jesse Eisenberg, known for roles in less action-oriented projects like “The Social Network” and “Fleishman is in Trouble,” reveals a remarkably toned physique. The teaser hints at a narrative heavily influenced by the themes of toxic masculinity reminiscent of the popular book-to-film adaptation, “Fight Club.” With the addition of Adrien Brody in a commanding performance as a cult leader, director John Trengove’s English-language debut appears poised to offer a compelling examination of alpha-male culture.
The teaser also gracefully introduces Ralph (played by ‘our favourite’ Eisenberg), a young man anxiously awaiting the birth of his child with Sal (portrayed by Odessa Young). Feeling adrift in the routine of everyday life, Ralph seeks solace beyond his relationship with Sal. He discovers it within a group of men led by Dan (played by Brody), the charismatic leader who emphasizes male bonding through aggression and dominance. As Ralph delves deeper into this world of toxic masculinity, the trailer suggests that the fissures in his relationship with Sal escalate into abuse, setting him on a path of self-destruction.
In addition to Eisenberg, Brody, and Young, “Manodrome” also features notable performances from Ethan Suplee, Evan Jonigkeit, and Philip Ettinger. Despite the testosterone-fueled intensity of the trailer, the film is categorized as a dark comedy, aligning with the same thematic territory as Olivia Wilde’s “Don’t Worry Darling.” Riley Keough, known for her role in “Daisy Jones & The Six,” joins the project as a producer alongside Ryan Zacarias, Ben Giladi, and Gina Gammell.
“Manodrome” is set to crash into theaters on November 10, followed by a digital and on-demand release on November 17. The film had its world premiere at the Berlin Film Festival!
Watch the trailer for “Manodrome” below. As of now, tickets are not yet available for purchase.