First Look: Sundance Film 'Whiplash' with Miles Teller as a Drummer

December 4, 2013
Source: Sundance

Whiplash First Look

Hell yes, this looks awesome. Another peculiar film just announced at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival is a film called Whiplash. We have written about this once before, and it has nothing to do with the Iron Man villain. Whiplash stars Miles Teller (Footloose, Project X, The Spectacular Now) as a "talented young drummer", who, "under the direction of a ruthless instructor" being played by J.K. Simmons, "begins to pursue perfection at any cost, even his humanity." Damn. If that doesn't sound cool enough, these six first look photos should do it. This is selected as the opening night film of Sundance, which honestly is a bit of a concern, but I still have a good feeling this will be something quite unique if not very memorable. See below.

Whiplash First Look Photo

Whiplash First Look Photo

Whiplash First Look Photo

Whiplash First Look Photo

Whiplash First Look Photo

Whiplash First Look Photo

Whiplash is both written and directed by American filmmaker Damien Chazelle, whose feature debut was Guy and Madeline on a Park Bench in 2009. A different description of the story from SlashFilm earlier this year explains that J.K. Simmons plays a "brutal jazz orchestra teacher", training Miles Teller who is trying desperately not to lose his mind as he tries to become the top percussionist in one of the most illustrious jazz orchestras in the country. Described as "Full Metal Jacket at Julliard". Jason Reitman helped produce, and the film was made by Jason Blum's Blumhouse Productions. This will be premiering at Sundance 2014 in the US Dramatic Competition category. We'll be there to catch a screening and review this. Lookin good?

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Lookin' Good! I've never really cared for Miles Teller until I saw "The Spectacular Now". He was quite excellent in the role. Now he's taking on this interesting character piece. hmmmm.... one question though, does anyone know why Miles Teller has so many scars on his face and that huge welt on his left shoulder? (you see the latter scar when he's in the shower in Spectacular')

conradthegreat on Dec 4, 2013


he's an amazing actor! love his personality! & when he was being interviewed a while back he mentioned that he was in a car accident with some friends and as a result got those scars!

mary on Dec 4, 2013


Saw the short film at Sundance UK Short Film showing, is this a full length feature adaption?!

Alex Moore on Dec 5, 2013


As a drummer the blood on the sticks is just silly.

ff on Dec 5, 2013


theatrical effect I suppose

conradthegreat on Dec 5, 2013


Actually it's not. Blood blisters are common and so is getting your finger squeezed between the stick and the rim. As a jazz musician, I've seen blood on the snare more than once. I am surprised you haven't. Though, it's true, not as much as in the pic.

ohreeally on Dec 6, 2013

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