– by Joseph Jammer Medina

Netflix has spent the past few years becoming one of the most respected television “networks” around. They started with shows like House of Cards, but after producing dozens of original series, and raking in solid review after solid review for their shows, they’ve made it their next mission to do the same for film. But can they actually succeed at becoming a reputable TV AND film studio? 

Later this year, we’ll be getting the Brad Pitt film War Machine, but don’t think their commitment ends there. On the more magical side of things, they have a film called Okja. This flick is co-written and directed by Bong Joon Ho, the man behind such films as The Host (no, not the one based on the Stephanie Meyer book) and Snowpiercer, the latter of which starred Chris Evans.

If you’ve been following his career as avidly as we have, you’ll likely be interested in Okja, a magical tale that follows a girl and her gentle beast friend. The story follows her attempts to save the superpig from getting captured by a powerful company. The visuals present in this trailer are gorgeous, and the film gives off a real indie vibe, which is a good fit for the story it’s trying to tell.

The film features a great cast that includes Tilda Swinton, Paul Dano, Lily Collins, Steven Yeun, Devon Bostick, Daniel Henshall, Shirley Henderson, Giancarlo Esposito, and Jake Gyllenhaal.

With films like Okja and War Machine currently on their slate, you know they’re shooting for Oscar consideration. However, in years past, they haven’t been incredibly successful. With Okja, Netflix has coordinated a day-and-date theatrical release along with the film, so you can bet they’re at least trying. It especially had to hurt when last year’s Amazon film Manchester by the Sea got recognized when none of their offerings did.

What do you think of this new trailer? Will you be seeing Okja in theaters or on Netflix? Let us know your thoughts down below!

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SOURCE: Netflix

Joseph Jammer Medina is an author, podcaster, and editor-in-chief of LRM. A graduate of Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Television, Jammer's always had a craving for stories. From movies, television, and web content to books, anime, and manga, he's always been something of a story junkie.