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Stanley Kubrick kind of fakes the moon landing in the Moonwalkers trailer

Tapping into conspiracy theories that say Harry Potter actor Rupert Grint once helped Ron Perlman pretend to have Stanley Kubrick fake the moon landing—a staple of a loose collection of kooky beliefs about the shadowy IllumiRonti—we’ve got the trailer for the new period film Moonwalkers, from first-time director Antoine Bardou-Jacquet. And while the movie is being billed as a comedy, the end result looks to be less “ha ha” funny, and more, “Jesus Christ, Ron Perlman just wore a flowery hippie blouse” funny, making this one of the most aggressively “late ’60s-ish” things we’ve ever seen.

Perlman stars as a CIA agent, tapped by the U.S. government to fake a backup moon landing in case the Russians beat the Americans to the punch and make them all look like “dicks.” He ends up recruiting Grint’s washed-out rock manager to get to Kubrick, and then starts dropping some of those signature Ron Perlman glowers when Grint’s character can’t deliver the director of A Clockwork Orange. Things escalate from there, complete with effete, Andy Warhol-esque artists, shovel fights, and Perlman’s character taking an acid trip. And if it all feels a little too aggressively wacky and self-consciously gritty, we can at least hold out hope that it’ll open the door for Emma Watson or Daniel Radcliffe to make that Chemtrails-9/11-Bilderberg Group movie the world’s been waiting for.

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