Ok. So first of all, the moon landings definitely happened. Obviously. But that hasn’t stopped conspiracy theorists from spending the last 40 years insisting that they were actually an elaborate hoax intended to either A) preserve NASA funding and/or B) preserve the prestige of the United States vis a vis the Soviet Union and appear to fulfill JFK’s wish to put a man on the moon before the end of the 1960s. Obviously, it’s bonkers, and one the most bonkers versions of the conspiracy theory holds that director Stanley Kubrick actually filmed the fake moon landing.
That ridiculousness is (kind of) the premise of Moonwalkers, a new comedy from first time director Antoine Bardou-Jacquet that premiered earlier this year at SXSW. It’s 1969, and with the Apollo 11 mission impending, shady government figures are seriously worried that the whole thing might fail. To stave off humiliation in front of the Soviets, a CIA trained thug (Ron Perlman) decides that Stanley Kubrick is the perfect director to film a fake version to air in the event the real deal doesn’t work out. Alas, he mistakes a shabby, struggling London band manager (Rupert Grint) deep in debt to local criminals for Kubrick’s rep. As a result, he ends up stuck with a drugged out impersonator instead of a cinematic genius, and must still race to deliver something to his bosses by the time the actual Apollo mission launches, least of all because they might notice all the money he wasted. Hilarity, and tons of drugs ensue. See the slightly NSFW red band trailer above.
Joining Grint and Perlman are Robert Sheehan, Stephen Campbell Moore, Eric Lampaert, Kevin Bishop, Tom Audenaert, and Erika Sainte. Bardou-Jacquet directs from a script by Dean Craig. Georges Bermann produced. Alchemy is distributing, and Moonwalkers hits theaters January 15, 2016.