M. Night Shyamalan’s ‘Trap’ Trailer Features Josh Hartnett as a Serial Killer at a Concert

Warner Bros. released the trailer for M. Night Shyamalan’s newest thriller, Trap, with Josh Hartnett, Ariel Donoghue and Saleka Shyamalan on Thursday. The upcoming film will feature Hartnett as a serial killer at a pop star’s concert.

Trap follows a “father and teen daughter attending a pop concert, where they realize they’re at the center of a dark and sinister event,” per the logline. Warner Bros. offered a first look at the movie at this year’s CinemaCon earlier this month, and released the trailer on social media Thursday.

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The trailer shows Hartnett’s character with his daughter, Jody (Donoghue), at a concert for pop star Lady Raven (played by Shyamalan’s daughter and R&B singer, Saleka). When Hartnett goes to the bathroom, he finds groups of federal agents looking for a serial killer whom a concession worker refers to as “The Butcher,” named for the way he “goes around just chopping people up.” The trailer then reveals Hartnett to be the killer, who is holding a victim hostage and now must find his way out of the concert venue.

Along with the trailer, Warner Bros. dropped the song “Release” by Saleka as Lady Raven, at www.ladyravenmusic.com.

Trap is Shyamalan’s first movie to hit theaters since his move from Universal to Warner Bros., announced in August 2023.

“Where I write and direct is my home,” Shyamalan said at the time of the move. “Disney and Universal, where I’ve made most of my films, will always be home and family to me. Warner Bros. has a storied history of cinema. Through its recent experiences, the company has rediscovered its love and appreciation for filmmakers, and the impact of the theatrical experience. We all win when movies succeed in theaters. I believe David Zaslav, Michael De Luca, and Pam Abdy have dedicated themselves to unique filmmakers, and to filling theaters all around the world for years to come.”

Trap hits theaters Aug. 9.

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