We’ve seen Aubrey Plaza play deranged characters in Ingrid Goes West Y Mike and Dave Need Wedding Datesas well as his malevolent performance in the Legion program of FX that it’s not from the MCU. But Plaza is completely amoral in the new trailer for the upcoming crime drama Emily the Criminal. And while Emily doesn’t appear to be a criminal mastermind, she’s well on her way by the end of this preview. And can you blame her? In this economy, crime really does pay.
The trailer introduces viewers to Emily (Aubrey Plaza), and when we meet her, she’s anything but a hardened thief. But she has a criminal record, and that makes finding a real job difficult. Enter Youcef (Theo Rossi), an enterprising young criminal who enlists Emily in a credit card scam. All he has to do is use stolen credit cards to buy merchandise before the cops or the stores figure out what’s going on. The problem is that these minor heists are not enough for either Emily or Youcef. They want bigger and better payouts, and that will lead them deeper into the criminal underworld. But with the potential windfall ahead, Emily isn’t even thinking about turning back from the brink.
Megalyn Echikunwoke also stars in the film as Liz, alongside Gina Gershon as Alice, Jonathan Avigdori as Khalil, Bernardo Badillo as Javier, and Brandon Sklenar as Brent.
John Patton Ford wrote and directed Emily the Criminal, which was produced by Plaza, Tyler Davidson and Drew Sykes. Roadside Attractions and Vertical Entertainment will give Emily the Criminal a limited theatrical release on Friday, August 12.