By Mary Kate Carr
February 22, 2018 at 10:34 AM EST

Jared Leto is adopting a new way of life in the first trailer for Netflix’s The Outsider.

Leto stars as Nick Lowell, an American soldier imprisoned in Japan after World War II. His Yakuza cellmate helps to have him released, and Nick fights to earn a spot in the criminal organization in order to repay his debt.

Nick’s descent into the criminal underworld becomes increasingly more dangerous and violent as he fights for the Yakuza – and fights for his life. “In life, sometimes we fight the current, and other times it’s important to flow the river,” Leto intones in the trailer.

The Outsider is directed by Martin Zandvliet and produced by Ken Kao, John Linson and Art Linson. Tadanobu Asano (Thor), Kippei Shiina, Shioli Kutsuna, Emile Hirsch (The Autopsy of Jane Doe, Bonnie and Clyde), Raymond Nicholson, Rory Cochrane (Argo), Nao Omori, and Min Tanaka star alongside Leto.

The film premieres March 9 on Netflix. Watch the trailer above.

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