Netflix has released the new trailer for Damsel, the fantasy adventure film that will be released globally on the streaming service on March 8. The anticipated movie stars Stranger Things‘ Millie Bobby Brown.
Damsel is rated PG-13 for sequences of strong creature violence, action, and bloody images. You can watch the trailer using the player below, and we’ve also included a video of Millie Bobby Brown reacting to the trailer!
Directed by Juan Carlos Fresnadillo (28 Weeks Later), Damsel features Brown as the dutiful damsel Elodie, who agrees to marry a handsome prince, only to find the royal family has recruited her as a sacrifice to repay an ancient debt.
Thrown into a cave with a fire-breathing dragon, she must rely on her wits and will to survive.
“She’s a damsel who doesn’t need to be saved. She saves herself in many ways. It subverts what you expect: You’re expecting the prince to turn around and save her, and… no. Don’t wait for the prince,” Millie Bobby Brown told Netflix’s Tudum.
The producers include Joe Roth, Jeff Kirschenbaum, and Chris Castaldi. The co-producer is Emily Wolfe, and the executive producers are Sue Baden-Powel, Zack Roth, Millie Bobby Brown, Robert Brown, Dan Mazeau, and Mark Bomback.
“What I really loved in the script from Dan Mazeau was embracing the idea of a fantasy adventure and a princess and dragon story, but taking it into a place [where] it’s completely upside down,” Fresnadillo said previously.
“It was a very intense journey that I was so excited to design and develop. At the core, this is such a beautiful story about a young woman becoming a strong, independent, and empowered adult. Elodie doesn’t have any kind of support. It’s a real survival experience.”
Tudum said that as Elodie fights to survive alone in the bowels of the monster’s lair, she is the audience’s eyes and ears. “You feel that you are experiencing the journey of surviving and facing this creature with Elodie,” Fresnadillo said. “The emotional arc is so intense.”
“It’s a thrilling adventure with a really dark twist to put you on the edge of your seat,” Fresnadillo continued. “As a filmmaker, one of the things I always want to do is surprise the audience with a new take on a story. Especially this kind of [traditional story] – we have to modernize those tales with new takes, more modern and real ways, to connect with the audience.”
Even if you don’t casually come across dragons in your day-to-day life, you’ll still recognize many of the hurdles Elodie faces throughout the story. “We tried to make this as real as we can,” the director adds. “It’s a fantasy, but grounded in reality.”
Fresnadillo teases that Damsel ups the stakes and delivers a side of Brown you’ve never seen before. “We were so lucky to have Millie. She’s a very charismatic, sparkling personality. She has that quality that only stars have, which is you cannot take your eyes off her.
“She has the ability in this movie, in such a magical way, to bring the audience into her journey and take them into that kind of dark, intense, and thrilling adventure that she’s having. She’s the heart of the movie.”
Bassett and Wright play Elodie’s stepmother and new mother-in-law, respectively. Fresnadillo recalls crafting a scene to play up the charged dynamic between them. “When we knew that Robin and Angela would be [cast], we specifically took the time to create a very powerful face-off between the two.”
Fresnadillo hopes that you will keep an open mind as you approach the film. “This is a journey that’s going to take you into a universe that you thought you knew. But we are discovering a new take on fairy tales and fantasy adventures.”
Mirko Parlevliet has been reporting on the entertainment industry since 1998 and founded Vital Thrills in 2018 to cover the latest streaming, movie, TV, and video game news. Mirko previously created the websites ComingSoon, Spider-Man Hype!, SuperHeroHype, and ShockTillYouDrop.