Say you’re Stephen Hawking or Warren Buffett or… Donald Trump. And the road of life ahead suddenly isn’t as long as the spectacular winding path you’ve already traveled. Would you risk whatever time you have left on a scientific procedure that transforms your consciousness to a younger, healthier body? In other words, would you gamble for the opportunity to become immortal—an immortal who looks like Ryan Reynolds, no less?
That’s the premise of Self/Less, the new movie from director Tarsem Singh (The Cell). Ben Kingsley is a New York City financial titan who’s finally run up against adversaries that don’t negotiate: time and death. Enter Matthew Goode’s Albright from Phoenix Biogenics: They have a special surgery that offers “humanity’s greatest minds more time to fulfill their potential.”
But immortality has a price. In this case, the handsome “empty vessel” might have remnants of his own human past that refuse to go away. “Immortality has some side effects,” says Albright, in the new trailer. “There is no science, no progress, without sacrifice.”
Self/Less, which also stars Michelle Dockery, Natalie Martinez, and Victor Garber, will open this summer, likely in July.