The film is set in post-WWII Japan and follows Nick Lowell (Leto), an imprisoned American soldier who manages to be released thanks to the help of a cellmate, who happens to be a Yakuza member. Once out, he endeavours to repay his debt and finds himself navigating a deadly criminal underworld.
Hopefully this film works well, considering how long it’s been gestating. Prolific Japanese helmer Takashi Miike was once circling the director’s chair, with Tom Hardy and Michael Fassbender circling the lead role. Given material that suits, Leto has proven himself to be a strong performer. That being said, it remains to be seen if this one’s for him; he’s, well, kind of bland in the serviceable trailer below, but that’s just my opinion.
The film is directed by Danish filmmaker Martin Zandvliet, whose strong 2015 war drama Land of Mine was nominated for the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar. Screenwriter Andrew Baldwin, whose sole credit before this was the 2016 Idris Elba thriller The Take, has penned the script.
We’ll find out what we’re in for when The Outsider, which also stars Tadanobu Asano, Kippei Shiina, Shioli Kutsuna, Emile Hirsch, Raymond Nicholson, Rory Cochrane, Nao Omori, and Min Tanaka, arrives on Netflix on March 9.