Nicolas Winding Refn Brings His Dazzling Crime Thrills to TV in the Trailer for 'Too Old to Die Young'

The 'Drive' director co-created, co-wrote and directs this ten-part series, which stars Miles Teller, John Hawkes and Jena Malone.
Sarah Ward
Published on April 06, 2019

Nicolas Winding Refn might've only made three films this decade, but they've all left an imprint. With Drive, Only God Forgives and The Neon Demon each boasting glistening neon hues, pulsating electronic soundtracks and grim, gritty underworld stories, how could they not? It has been three years since the Danish filmmaker's last movie, and while he doesn't have another big-screen release on the horizon just yet, he does have something else in store.

Come mid-June, viewers will be able to watch new Amazon series Too Old to Die Young. Even better — all ten episodes are reportedly feature-length. As well as co-creating and co-writing the show with comic book writer and cartoonist Ed Brubaker, Refn directed every instalment, so fans can basically expect the equivalent of ten new movies from the Pusher, Bronson and Valhalla Rising helmer.

In the series' first sneak peek, a cop (Miles Teller) talks about killing someone, Los Angeles' criminal underworld features prominently, the city gleams by night, John Hawkes and Jena Malone look secretive, and Cliff Martinez's distinctive beats kick in. Story-wise, hit men, Yakuza soldiers, Mexican cartel assassins and Russian mobsters all pop up as well, as does plenty of violence.

Yes, it seems like Refn is in very comfortable territory. Chatting with The Hollywood Reporter last year, Brubaker described Too Old to Die Young as "the most Nicolas Winding Refn thing that ever existed, honestly".

Billy Baldwin, Callie Hernandez, Cristina Rodlo (Miss Bala), Augusto Aguilera (The Predator), Nell Tiger Free (Game of Thrones), Babs Olusanmokun (Black Mirror), video game creator Hideo Kojima and Aussie actor Callan Mulvey help round out the cast.

Check out the initial trailer below:

Too Old To Die Young hits Amazon Prime Video on June 14.

Published on April 06, 2019 by Sarah Ward
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